Enter our Hartlepool sports awards

HONOUR: Hartlepool United managerColin Cooper is supporting the awards
HONOUR: Hartlepool United managerColin Cooper is supporting the awards

CALLING all Hartlepool sporting heroes.

Are you a winner? Or do you know someone in Hartlepool who is. Isnt it time they got the recognition they deserve.

We want to reward the sporting elite.

The brand new Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards kicks has been set up to honour those people who make our town a winner in everything from football to boxing, cricket to rugby and athletics to swimming.

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

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

From the grass roots heroes to those outstanding individuals who have represented our town with pride at international level.

And to show we mean business, we got the backing of two of the biggest names on the Hartlepool sporting scene.

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper and assistant manager Craig Hignett begin their own quest for footballing glory when the new season starts on August 3.

But they spared time to back our awards. Colin said: “The Hartlepool Mail already does great work with its awards for the health sector and in the community.

“The sports awards will honour sportsmen in the area and it is great that they have the chance to be recognised.

“It is great that up and coming people, people at the grass roots, people at all levels will be recognised.”

And Colin had a message for the people of Hartlepool.

“If you know someone at whatever level of sport who you think deserves an award, come forward and nominate them and hopefully they will be recognised for all their achievements.”

Craig praised the awards as “great for the area and for the different sports. It will give people something to aim for.”

We are now featuring stories on some of the nominations.

Then, it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale of the whole event - the first ever Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards presentation night to be held in early October.

Now it’s over to you.

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

Fill in the application form HERE

Plenty of prizes to aim for in 13 categories

WHATEVER your sporting prowess, we probably have a category to cover it in our new awards.

And here’s a rundown on each of the sections in which your can nominate your favourites.

Team of the Year

Based on the achievements of teams in the Mail’s circulation area between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013.

Sportsperson Special Achievement Award

Recognising an individual who has been successful in their sporting field, whether the achievements have been as a competitor, coach or manager.

It could be for one outstanding feat or a series of successes.

Disabled Sports Person Award

Do you know a disabled sports person who has had sporting success or has made significant progression in their sport?

Disabled Team of the Year

We are looking for a disabled sports team who have either enjoyed success or have made significant progress from perhaps humble beginnings in their sport.

Contribution to Disability Sports Award sponsored by Hartlepool Sports Council

Has someone you know achieved outstanding feats in disabled sport or worked hard just to keep people participating in disabilty sport?

We are looking for someone who has made a significant contribution over a period of time, possibly over a number of years.

Sports Official / Referee Award

Do you know a referee, umpire, judge or administrator who has enjoyed outstanding success or simply makes a great contribution to his or her’s sport?

Coach of the Year Award

Behind the competitor or team or club stands a coach.

We are looking for the best coach of 2012-13 whether he or she is the coach of an individual, team or club.

Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award

Do you know someone who will go that extra mile for their team, club or sport?

Or someone who gives up their time selflessly for the benefit of others?

Club of the Year Award

Distinct from team of the year, here we are looking for a club who have achieved or made a significant contribution to their sport or community.

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail

Who has achieved and achieved and achieved over the years?

We are, ideally, looking for someone who has been a competitor, either as an individual or as part of a team, or a coach, manager, official or administrator.

Sports Personality of the Year Award

Which competitor from this area has made his or her mark in their sporting field?

The nominee can either have competed as an individual or part of a team or club.

Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

Which young competitor from this area has made his or her mark in their sporting field?

The nominee can either have competed as an individual or part of a team or club.

Inspire Award sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council

This award will recognise a man, woman or team who has inspired others to participate in sport and physical activity because of their contribution.