Be a sport - select a hero

Award winners at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.
Award winners at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.

IT’S time to honour Hartlepool’s sporting elite - and what better way to do it than in a year where sport has dominated the headlines.

It’s not been a great summer for British sport internationally with the World Cup, tennis, cricket and rugby union results all proving to be disappointing.

But we know there are still plenty of heroes of football, cricket, rugby and many other sports back home in Hartlepool.

We want to honour the people who make our town the envy of the country.

Over the years, Hartlepool has regularly produced winners in boxing, golf, swimming, athletics and lots more besides.

In fact, it doesn’t matter which sport you compete in – we want to hear from you all.

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