Nominate your sporting heroes in this year’s Norfolk Sports Awards

Launching the Norfolk Sports Awards at OPEN(l to r) Active Norfolk director Ben Jones, Luke Powell f

Launching the Norfolk Sports Awards at OPEN(l to r) Active Norfolk director Ben Jones, Luke Powell from the EDP, Jon Dennis from Attleborough Boxing Club, Trisha Rollingson from Bluebird Deaf Water Ski Club, OPEN's Peter Marron and BBC Radio Norfolk's Kate Scotter.Photo Simon Finlay

From tireless volunteer coaches to dedicated young athletes, this year's Norfolk Sports Awards aims to celebrate the very best sporting talent our county has to offer.

Now in its 10th year, the event gives people the chance to nominate individuals and organisations who they feel deserve to be recognised for their contributions to sport.

It culminates with a prestigious award ceremony featuring Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games guests at Open, in Norwich, on Tuesday, November 15.

From today, organisers Active Norfolk are taking nominations for each of the 14 categories in this year's event, which include individual and group awards.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said: 'These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate all that is great about sport in the county. 'It's been an incredible sporting year with the Rio Olympics and Paralympics and as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Norfolk Sports Awards, we are expecting a record number of nominations.

'The awards night on November 15th really will end the year on a high for all those that have been involved in sport at any level.'

The event is expected to be bigger than ever this year, with organisers hoping for around 400 nominations from today through to midnight on Sunday, October 16, when entry closes.

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Last year saw a very high standard of nominations put forward across 12 categories, with judges given the difficult task of choosing just 38 finalists for the big night.

2015 winners included swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate and wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett, who are both competing in the Rio Paralympics this month.

Tricia Rollingson, who won last year's services to disability sport award for her voluntary work at Bluebird Deaf Water Ski Club, in Costessey, said it was honour to have even been nominated.

'Without Active Norfolk we would not have achieved as much as we have done as a voluntary club,' she said. 'I would really like for the club as a whole to be nominated this year.'

The Eastern Daily Press is again acting as a media partner and will be covering the award ceremony on the night.

To nominate someone who deserves recognition for their sporting achievements, visit

Tickets for the awards night cost £18 each.

Do you know of someone who has achieved sporting success? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.