Let’s get together to get Thurrock active! – Awards nominations open
NOMINATIONS are now open for the Active Essex Sports Awards 2019, an annual event that recognises the individuals, community partners and organisations that inspire over 895,400 adults in Essex to take part in the recommended 30 minutes of daily sport and physical activity.
New to this year’s ceremony, the ‘Inclusive Communities Award’ will recognise an individual or organisation that has had significant impact in connecting a community such as BAME, or those with disabilities, to advance interest and participation or sport or physical activity.
Azeem Akhtar, Chair of Active Essex, said: “This year’s awards are so important in recognising the role of grass roots and community sports which are helping us to tackle inactivity across the county along with other big issues such as obesity and mental health.
“There are nearly 39,900 people in Thurrock who do not take part in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day* but there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people in the area who are helping to inspire more people to get up off the sofa. Who are they? We want you to tell us so we can celebrate what they have achieved and share the stories of those they have helped”.
The ceremony will also celebrate the sporting achievements of individuals connected to Essex at the competitive level. As a previous winner and having presented the ‘Young Sports Personality of the Year’ award for two years running, five times Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock MBE will return to the podium to recognise yet another inspiring young individual.
Max said; “As a previous winner at the sports awards, it is a fantastic feeling to be recognised for your personal achievements and it gives you encouragement to go further and inspire others. Often when you are starting out you may not be well known outside your field and the Awards give a great platform to share your story with others. It only takes five minutes to nominate but your nomination could make a big difference to that individual or organisation.”
The 10 categories up for nominations also include Sports Personality of the Year, Changing Lives through sport and physical activity, Community club of the Year and Unsung Hero.
Last year’s Unsung Hero went to Nicola Arnold, from Harlow, who has been involved with the Harlow Penguins Swimming club for over 35 years. She originally joined as a swimmer herself before becoming club captain and she still teaches squads today, including the very youngest members.
“Swimming has always been a big part of my life and it felt very special to be recognised for something I love. I urge everyone to think of someone they know who has gone the extra mile to encourage sport or physical activity in their home town. It only takes five minutes to nominate someone but it’s important to celebrate those who inspire others to be active.”
Jo Harten, England Netball star from Harlow, was awarded Sports Personality of the Year in 2018. She has continued to inspire this year with the Vitality Roses, taking third place at the Netball World Cup.
The awards night will be held on December 4th at Chelmsford City Racecourse
To recognise those that have inspired you to become more active, visit http://bit.ly/AEAwardsNominate and nominate before 20th October 2019.
For more information visit www.activeessex.org