Active Essex has announced the shortlist for its eagerly awaited 2019 sports awards, which will celebrate the county’s greatest sporting achievements whilst recognising the individuals, community partners and organisations that inspire Essex residents to get active.
The glitzy awards event, which takes place on Wednesday December 4 at Chelmsford City Racecourse, will give thanks to those who have made outstanding contributions to sport and physical activity in Greater Essex, who continue to encourage participation through their active support and sporting achievements.
Jason Fergus, Director at Active Essex, commented: “The Active Essex Sports Awards is our way of saying thank you to the individuals, athletes, clubs and community groups who are creating the opportunities across our county and driving participation in sport and physical activity at every level.”
“We have had over 600 nominations in total and I would like to say a big thank you to the community for your nominations and a big congratulations to all of the finalists. It is now time to vote for your shortlisted stars!”
Of the 10 categories for this year’s awards, three will be put to a public vote. Essex residents are encouraged to vote now for who they would like to be crowned for Sports Personality of the Year, Community Club of the Year and the Changing lives through sport and physical activity award.
Your vote can be cast here: http://bit.ly/AESportsAwardsVote
New to this year, The Inclusive Communities Award, will celebrate an individual/ organisation that has had a positive impact on a community of people such as BAME, disabled, women or another under-represented group through encouraging participation in sport.
Other categories include Coach of the Year, Active Workplace of the year and Young Sports Personality of the Year, which this year will be presented by double Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock MBE – who recently won his third gold at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.
Commenting on the final shortlist, Max Whitlock MBE, said: “Being recognised by your local community for your sporting achievements is such a fantastic achievement and I look forward to meeting the nominees and hearing their inspirational stories on the night. I would encourage everybody to take part and cast their votes in this year’s public vote categories.”
Voting closes on Sunday, November 17.
Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership, aims to increase the levels of participation in physical activity and sport and its mission is to change 1 million lives by getting Essex active.