Nominate your sporting heroes in Kettering

Megan Twigg picks up her award at last year's bash
Megan Twigg picks up her award at last year's bash

Nominations are now being taken for local sporting heroes in a town.

Kettering Borough Council and the Kettering Youth Council today launched the town’s Kettering Sports Awards 2012.

Anyone can nominate, whether it be a recommendation for an individual, team, coach, volunteer, school or club, with the Sports Personality of the Year award going to a public vote.

Last year’s winner was Megan Twigg of Kettering Premier Judo Club.

Fourteen year old Megan is one of the best young female judoka of her generation being National Champion and winning Gold at the British School Championships.

Val Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We’re really encouraging everyone to get their nominations in now.

“Anyone is eligible if you live, play, coach or train in the Kettering Borough, whether it be a local Under 10’s football team or a 60 year old swimming coach.”

The Kettering Awards winners will automatically be nominated in the Northamptonshire Sports Awards 2012 to be held later in the year.

The winners of these will then go into the pot for the East Midlands winners and so on upto the national awards. Councillor Jonathan Bullock, portfolio holder for leisure provision said: “Last year was the biggest Sports Awards we’ve ever hosted, and with this being an Olympic year we hope to really show-off what local residents have achieved.

Maybe you know a friend, relative, colleague, partner or your local team that deserves an award. If so, get your nomination in now.”

If any businesses wish to sponsor an award or the awards evening please contact Shaun Birdsall on 01536 534284 or shaunbirdsall@kettering.gov.uk.

You could have the opportunity to present the winners with their awards at the prestigious ceremony.

View the categories and nominate online at www.kettering.gov.uk/spoty12.

Alternatively you can call 01536 534284 or email shaunbirdsall@kettering.gov.uk.

Nominations will close on Wednesday, September 19, at midnight, with the evening ceremony being on Wednesday, October 31, at Wicksteed Park.