Wide range of entries for sports awards

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A DIVERSE range of entries have already started arriving for the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.

But the great news for those who have yet to put their names forward is there’s still more than a month to enter.

We’re after heroes from all sectors of the Hartlepool sporting arena.

Our new competition aims to honour everyone from the top team of the year to the best disabled sports people.

From the grass roots heroes to those outstanding individuals who have represented our town with pride at international level, we want to hear from all of you.

We have already heard from runners, footballers, rugby players and those who work behind the scenes.

We’ve had entries from inspiring individuals who have overcome the odds to compete, to teams who have turned around their fortunes and gone from also-rans to champions in a matter of months.

We have also heard from people who have put in hours of dedicated training on top of their normal working life.

More than a dozen entries were received within the first few days of the launch of our inaugural awards which will culminate with a glittering finale in early October.

Before then, there is plenty of time for people to put forward their favourites in the sectors listed below.

There are 13 categories.

Team of the Year;

Sportsperson Special Achievement Award

Disabled Sports Person Award

Disabled Team of the Year

Contribution to Disability Sports Award

Sports Official/Referee Award

Coach of the Year Award

Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award

Club of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sports Personality of the Year Award

Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

Inspire Award.

To nominate a person or group, go HERE.

People have until September 13 to put forward a nomination. Judges will then meet to draw up the shortlist of finalists.