BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales have begun the search for Welsh sports brightest stars of 2014.
After the success of the inaugural Wales Sport Awards event in 2013, the two organisations have confirmed they will join forces again for the country’s biggest annual celebration of the very best elite and grassroots sport.
The Wales Sport Awards will take place on Monday December 8 at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff when among the prizes to be handed out will be the Coach of the Year and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.
Picture: The 2013 Wales Sport Awards winners.
The Welsh public now have their chance to nominate people for the grassroots awards. Nominations open on Tuesday, September 2 and close on Friday, September 26. The categories open for nomination are:
• Young Coach of the Year
• Community Coach of the Year
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Coach to Disabled People of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement Award (Community)
BBC Cymru Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies said:
“It’s been another year of real achievement in Welsh sport. Our sportsmen and women have set the pace both at home and abroad - culminating in a thrilling and highly successful Commonwealth Games. The Wales Sport Awards event is the perfect opportunity for us all to look back on a very special twelve months - and to salute those who have made a real mark.”
Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales added:
“Our partnership with BBC Wales for the first Wales Sport Awards proved to be everything we hoped it would be in terms of promoting sport in Wales and the outstanding individuals within it.
“Given the success on the elite stage this year - not least for Team Wales at the Commonwealth Games - it is vital that we continue to develop the sporting workforce in Wales. Celebrating the commitment and success of our coaches and volunteers at both elite and community levels provides the opportunity to be showcasing the opportunities we have in sport to help people grow and develop.
“Last year we had a wide range of high quality entries, all deserving of recognition in their own right, and I am looking forward to hearing more of the inspirational stories as part of this years’ panel.”
More details on the categories, how to nominate and vote are available at www.walessportawards.co.uk