SPORTS AWARDS: Emma hopes for gold prize

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A TEENAGER is hoping to be crowned as a young star in the Mail’s brand new sports challenge.

And 14-year-old Emma Cassell has exactly the right credentials to shine after lifting a series of titled.

The top swimmer from the Fens area of Hartlepool took gold in the 200 metres butterfly at the recent British Gas age group national competition.

She added a bronze in the 100 metre category at the same event.

She was second at an international swimming gala in Leeds in her age group for the 200 metres butterfly.

Now she has been nominated for an honour in the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards by her parents Les and Sue Cassell.

Les, an HGV driver, said: “She trains extremely hard all year round. Emma really deserves this award to show all this hard work pays off.”

Emma becomes the latest sports hero to be nominated for the competition but we want more.

There are 13 categories in this year’s competition:

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, fill in the form here.

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

And the winners will learn their fate in the grand final to be held in October.