The seventh annual ‘Leitrim Sports Star Awards’ will take place on Friday 24th November 2017 in the four star Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Mohill. The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge Individuals, Sports Clubs, Teams, Schools and Community Volunteers for their outstanding contributions to and achievements in sport and recreation in Leitrim. The awards night is organized by Leitrim Sports Partnership with a three course meal, followed by the awards and other entertainment.
“Again, in 2017, there have been some excellent achievements both on an individual and team basis in Leitrim and we expect tough competition for the awards” said Declan Boyle, Co-ordinator, Leitrim Sports Partnership.
This year the new category of ‘Club of the Year’ has been added. ‘The Board of Leitrim Sports Partnership decided that while the awards have recognised many individuals and teams over the last seven years that it is time to recognise the great sports clubs in the County and not just those with the most silverware but the clubs who strive to improve the lives of their members and communities.’ stated Cllr. Enda Stenson, Chairperson of Leitrim Sports Partnership.
All of the awards aim to recognise not just people operating at the top level of their sport in the county but also to recognise people who provide the background support for their club and team” added Cllr. Stenson . Volunteer of the Year is one such category. Nominations are directed to people who arrange community events that promote physical activity or people who give their time voluntarily to train teams, run clubs, have kits ready or who keep the pitches/facilities looking well for the big match days.
Juvenile Sports are well represented with two awards Sports Individual Junior and Juvenile Team of the Year. Each year these are two of the awards which receive the most nominations indicating how juvenile sport is flourishing in the county.
Sports School of the Year is to acknowledge the hard work of a sporting school, both primary & secondary, who not only excel at sporting competitions but those facilitate the sporting developments of the students by ensuring that sport is an important aspect of school life.
Team of the Year is open for nominations for any team regardless of the sport age or gender. It is always one of the most popular awards on the night.
The Special Achievement Award is open to anyone who has achieved their personal best in their field, perhaps by overcoming some challenges in order to be able to participate.
The Hall of Fame award
This is one of the most special awards of the year and, unlike the others, the winner will be announced in advance of the awards. It is presented to someone who has given many years of service to sport in Co. Leitrim. Previous winners include Padraig Griffin, Packie McGarty and last year’s winner was the Late Joe Flynn.
The overall award for Leitrim Sports Person of the Year will be chosen from the nominees from all other awards.
The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 27th October.
Nominations will be shortlisted by our panel of judges and the winners will be announced on the night of the awards. Each winner will receive a specially handcrafted award and these awards will be presented by each of our generous sponsors.
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