Nominate your sporting star of 2014

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Once more it’s time to honour our sporting heroes who have given us so much to be proud of in 2014.

Yes, The News Sports Awards are back.

Heart of Portsmouth Ebonie Jones won the young sportswoman of the year award at the 2013 Sports Awards

Heart of Portsmouth Ebonie Jones won the young sportswoman of the year award at the 2013 Sports Awards

Last year’s Fratton Park ceremony saw the region’s top sporting talent rewarded by you for their excellence in their chosen fields over the previous 12 months.

But the south’s stars have not been resting on their laurels since.

They have kicked on yet again to light up the local, national and international stage once more, ahead of our latest awards ceremony at the King’s Theatre on Tuesday, February 10.

And we reckon we can put together the finest shortlists ever seen in The News Sports Awards.

But we need your help to do it.

Before we open the voting on Friday, December 19, we need your help now to put together a shortlist for each category.

Remember, at this stage you are not sending in votes.

Instead, we want you to tell us who you think is worthy of making the short-lists in each of the categories.

As we receive your nominations, we will announce one addition to each category in The News every Friday until we have eight nominations for each award.

All those shortlisted will be in contention for a Sports Award and will be invited to the star-studded ceremony next year.

And once the shortlists have been compiled in December, we will open up the voting for YOU to decide who should come out on top.

Like 2013, there are 10 categories – outstanding contribution to sport, outstanding contribution to disabled sport, best one-off performance, coach of the year, team of the year, sportman of the year, sportswoman, young team of the year, young sportswoman of the year and young sportsman – which will require nominations from YOU.

You can nominate by using the form published in The News each Friday, by e-mailing sport@ thenews.co.uk or even via Twitter or Facebook.

The shortlists in full will be published in The News in December, when you will be able to vote for our other award – Pompey player of the year.

We will again be making a special lifetime achievement presentation.

So to make sure a team or individual you know are in contention to be at the next ceremony, get your thinking caps on and give us your choices.

Remember – they cannot win without a nomination.

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