Nominate your sports stars of 2015

2014 sportsman of the year Andy Vernon

2014 sportsman of the year Andy Vernon

Reece Topley celebrates the wicket of Tim Bresnan for Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall

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It’s that time of the year again to nominate the sporting heroes who have given us so much to be proud of.

Yes, The News Sports Awards are back, with the stars of 2015 due to be recognised for their sporting excellence in the past calender year.

Last year’s ceremony at the Kings Theatre saw the region’s top sporting talent rewarded by you for their excellence in their chosen fields.

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.

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 for your sporting heroes of 2015, 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 shortlists in each of the categories.

All those shortlisted will be in contention for a Sports Award and will be invited to our prize-giving ceremony early next year.

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

Like previous years, 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 your favourite by using the form provided, by e-mailing sport@thenews.co.uk or even via Twitter or Facebook.

The shortlists in full will then be published in The News and at portsmouth.co.uk in January. in order for voting to begin.

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.

The closing date for all nominations is midnight on Monday, January 4.

Here’s what we are looking for:

Sportswoman

A senior woman who has made a real impression in her chosen sport in 2015.

She might have celebrated a string of successes at home or abroad or made the grade at a higher level.

Previous winners of this category include Katy Sexton and Sarah Hopkins.

Sportsman

A senior male who has made a real impression in his chosen sport during 2015.

He might have picked up a host of titles or had representative honours during the year. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Greg Bridet and Andy Vernon.

Young sportswoman

A young woman who has made a real impression in her chosen sport in 2015.

She might have celebrated a string of successes or made the grade at a higher level.

Young sportswomen must have been aged under 19 or under while competing in 2015.

Contribution to disabled sport

An individual or group who have made a key contribution to disabled sport.

This could be an outstanding disabled sportsman or sportswoman, or a successful sports team.

An official, administrator or entire project can also qualify.

One-off performance

This award could be for anything from a 10-goal haul by a striker in a parks game or a keeper saving three penalties.

Or it may be a bowler taking a hat-trick or a display so good that it earned a national call-up. Give us your choice for an outstanding single sporting feat.

Young sportsman

A young man who has made a real impression in his chosen sport during 2015.

He might have picked up a host of titles or had representative honours during the year. Young sportsmen must have been aged 19 or under while competing during 2014.

Young team

The top junior team in our area.

Just like the senior award, we’re looking for nominations for male or female teams in any sport.

Any teams competing in under-19 or below age groups will be eligible for the title.

Coach

Success in sport is often down to the men and women behind the scenes – the managers and the coaches.

It’s an often-thankless task, so if you, or your team, think your coach has been one in a million this year, then send in a nomination.

Contribution to sport

This award goes to those who work tirelessly for the love of sport.

You could nominate club or league oficials, administrators or entire projects.

Or it could be someone who gives much-needed support.

Team

The top senior team in our area.

We’re inviting nominations for male, female or mixed teams in any sport – professional or amateur. Hampshire have been winners of this award in the past. But have you a nomination who would give them a run for their money?

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