Scilly Sports Awards Returning In February

wpgc 2012 rugbyThe Isles of Scilly Sports Awards are set to return again this February.

And the organisers want to hear who you think should win.

It’ll be the second year that the awards are held, following the successful inaugural event held in January, and they’re being sponsored by Radio Scilly.

It had been planned to run it every two years, but last years event was so well supported that they decided to organise it annually.

Organiser Mark Twynham says the main beneficiary, the Adam Mallon Fund, also needs extra money after an active year supporting young sporting talent on the islands.

The date will be February 15th, to avoid clashing with the pantomime. It’s also Valentine’s weekend, but he says they’re planning to make the event a good night out for couples.

Like last year, it will be black tie and ball gowns and fellow organiser Helen Pearce says it’s a good chance to “get your glad rags on.”

There are four main categories again this year, including Young Sports Person and Coach of the Year, Best Sporting Achievement and Lifetime Achievement awards.

There’s also a new category being introduced – Club of the Year.

Mark says it’s a great chance for everyone to hear about the well-known clubs, like gig rowing and football, as well as the newer and lesser-known clubs like aikido.

The organisers will be looking for nominations in a chosen category every two weeks between now and February. These will be announced on Radio Scilly and ScillyToday and the committee will then select the top three to go forward on the night.

And in a change to last year, all categories, except the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be selected by attendees on the night.

Helen says they were delighted by how well the first awards went last year.

She said it was a great chance to look back and celebrate the islands’ sporting achievements and everyone had a great time.

There have been some fantastic efforts and feats of endurance by islanders, she says, and many of the clubs put a huge amount back into the community.

The organisers are hoping to include more people and achievements form the off-islands this year, reflecting activities awat from St Mary’s.

This includes the successful Tresco Triathlon which is growing in popularity every year, says Helen.

Tickets will be going on sale later in the year and Mark asks people to listen out for the categories being announced on Radio Scilly, as they open for nominations starting next weekend.