Boxer backs Mail awards

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TODAY sees the start of the Commonweath Games - but the town;s boxing supremo Savannah Marshall took time out fromm training to urge Hartlepool Mail readers to nominate their sporting heroes for an award.

The 23-year-old has been selected in the middleweight division of England’s women’s boxing team as the sport makes it’s debut in the Games in Glasgow.

But the Headland ABC star also spoke to the Hartlepool Mail to back our campaign to recognise people at all levels of all sports in the town.

She said: “It is great that people will be rewarded for everything that they do to promote sport in Hartlepool.

“I hope lots of nominations come in for the awards because it is very important that people at every level of sport are recognised for the work that they do, and there’s lots of them doing great work in Hartlepool.” The Hartlepool fighter is one of England’s main gold medal hopes for the Commonwealth Games.

Since the Olympic Games of 2012, she has only fought in two tournaments but both have produced gold medals, at the European Union Championship and World Combat Games. She is set to open her account on July 29. We’ll be rooting for Savannah as she goes for gold - and our best wishes also go to everyone who is nominated for our awards.

We’re sure there will be some fantastic entrants over the next few weeks, but that’s down to our readers to tell us of all the inspirational work done out there.

This is only the second year that we have run our sports awards and our inaugural event was a winner. But we want to make the 2014 version even bigger and better.

From the best in disabled sportspeople to grass roots performers, from coaches to teams - we want to honour them all. Over the next few weeks, we shall be featuring stories on some of the nominations. Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale in early October.

There’s a long way to do before we get to that stage - and that means there’s plenty of time for you to come forward with your favourities.

Put yourself, or another deserving cause, in the running for honours.

Fill in the application form in today’s paper or go HERE