Image of Kangei Judo Club at the 2018 sports awards

Active Essex, the county sports partnership for Greater Essex, is hosting the annual Sports Awards on Tuesday 5th December, celebrating the outstanding achievements of local sporting organisations and individuals in Essex

Essex residents have up until Sunday 21st October to nominate their local sporting heroes, in one of 11 categories that recognise sporting talent, from grassroots to elite level.

One of the most popular categories is ‘Sports Personality of the Year’, which is awarded to an athlete who has made a significant impact on sports and physical activity in the county.

Last year, this category was won by Max Whitlock, Olympic gold medal winning medallist and gymnast of South Essex Gymnastic Club, who is participating in the artistic gymnastics 2018 World Championships in Qatar later this month.

This year Max steps to the other side of the podium to present the Young Sports Personality of the Year award at the ceremony held at Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Max added: “This category is close to my heart as  I know it can be a tough road starting out in your chosen sport – and how great it feels to be supported by your local community. With a few weeks to go before nominations close I would encourage everyone to nominate somebody they believe deserves recognition.”

There is still an opportunity for the public to nominate people for the ‘Disabled Sports Personality of the Year’ and the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. This year, all three of these categories will be decided by a public vote.

Local sports clubs can also be nominated for awards, such as the ‘Community Club of the Year’ category, which recognises a local club that has significantly developed and/or performed well and developed in the last year at district, county, regional and international level.

Last year’s winners, Kangei Judo Club in Basildon, were recognised for welcoming people from all backgrounds and abilities to compete at all levels from local events through to fighting for England at a national and international level.

Grant Egleton, of Kangei Judo Club,  said; “To win the Community Club of the year award felt absolutely fantastic, not just for me, but for all of the staff and volunteers who put time and effort in to keep the club running.”

Azeem Akhtar, Chair of Active Essex, said, “The Active Essex sports awards is the perfect opportunity to recognise individuals and organisations who have helped inspire the county to be more active. We have already had some great nominations, and I look forward revealing the shortlist in the coming weeks.”

Nominations for all awards categories can be made via the Active Essex website, by Sunday 21st  October 2018