Search is on for top sports stars

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IT’S time to start the search for the Craigavon Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Craigavon Sports Advisory Council in association with Rushmere Shopping, is calling for nominations for local sporting heroes for the popular annual awards.

The Chair of Craigavon Sports Advisory Council Edith Jamison has announced the award categories including Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year and Service to Sport Awards.

She said, “This year CSAC is delighted the Senior Sports Awards will be in association with main sponsor Rushmere Shopping and I encourage all those involved in sport across Craigavon to get behind the Awards which will culminate in a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 7th March.”

During 2012 the role of volunteers was highlighted with the success of the Games Makers at the London 2012 Games and CSAC will celebrate the work of local sports volunteers who give their time freely in the running of clubs through their Sports Volunteer Awards.

Martin Walsh, Centre Manager at Rushmere Shopping commented, “The Craigavon Sports Personality of the Year Awards is a fantastic event and we are delighted to support this important event in 2013. Last year was a phenomenally successful year for sport in Northern Ireland, with many of our sporting heroes making great strides to achieve their aims and ambitions.

“It’s my hope these awards will encourage others to continue to embrace sport with the passion and drive we need to succeed and that by seeing positive role models in sport being recognised for their hard work and dedication it will spur others on to realise their own sporting goals. Importantly, what we most need now are nominations – so please do make sure you let us know who you want to win as soon as you can.”

The Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Carla Lockhart added, “Craigavon has a proud sporting tradition and the annual Sports Personality celebrate the achievements of our sporting men and women and the unsung coaches, volunteers and mentors who contribute so much to the health and well being of the Borough.”

Nomination forms are available from the Secretary of Craigavon Sports Advisory Council 028 3831 1693 or or from reception at the Civic Centre or Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. The closing date for nominations is Friday 25th January 2013.