Derry City Council are seeking nominations for the 2012 Hughes Insurance Derry District Sports Council Awards ahead of its launch this Friday at 11 a.m. in the City Hotel.
Details of all the separate award categories - 20 in total - will be announced at the launch and Council Chairman, Michael Hutton appealed to all those involved in sport in the city to get right behind the awards ceremony which will take place at the start of next year, Friday, February 15th.
Mayor of the City, Colr. Kevin Campbell, said it was important that local individuals are recognised for their sporting achievements and celebrated at this particular event.
“The District Sports Council annual awards are an important event in the local sports calendar,” he said. “And I am delighted to be associated with the event as it recognises sports participation and encourages people to engage in a healthy lifestyle.
“I wish each nominated individual and team success in the recognition of their efforts,” he added.
Council Chairman, Mr. Hutton added that the awards offered the perfect opportunity to recognise the efforts of local athletes.
“In terms of sports events, this one is unique, as not only does it enable us to acknowledge the effort, commitment and achievements of so many of our athletes - ranging from age 10 to senior citizen - but it also affords us the opportunity to recognize the contribution of so many who give of their time to ensure that all sports enthusiasts in the City are catered for - i.e. coaches, team managers, mentors, physios, administrators etc.
“As a Sports Council, we embrace all sports and encourage all those involved in sports in this City to get right behind their sport and their athletes and nominate them for one of the 20 awards to be decided upon at the Gala event on the evening of February 15th.
“Within each category there can only be one winner awarded but for an athlete to know that his coach, or manager or team mates thought so highly of them to put them forward for a nomination speaks a thousand words.
“I would also encourage all athletes to take this opportunity to recognise and show their appreciation for the support they have received over the years from their coaches, managers, and administrators, to take the time to nominate an individual for a Coaching award or Services to Sport Award.
“It is a known fact that all achievements of individuals can be attributed to the support of others.”
Nomination forms can be obtained from Karen Dillon, Derry City Council Development Office, telephone: 71-365151 and all nominations must be returned by 12 noon on Friday, January 25th, 2013.
Nomination forms are also available from the local leisure centres and online at www.derrycity.gov.uk/sportsawards