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This year we are giving you the chance to have your say and decide the winner of three of our Sports Awards categories!

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Vote 1: Sports Personality of the Year

An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year at a national or international level either individually or as part of a team.  Must be aged 18 or over on 1stSeptember 2017. Sponsored by Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Jamie Porter
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    As leading wicket taker for Essex County Cricket Club, Jamie’s performance has been nothing short of excellent. With 75 wickets at an average of 16.83, the best in the division, he has supported the team in achieving a heroic title victory in the Specsavers County Championship Division 1. This led to Jamie’s selection for the England Lions team to tour Australia.

Max Whitlock MBE
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    5 time Olympic medallist and 6-time world medallist. Olympic medallist Max who trains at Basildon Gymnastics Club, achieved incredible success in Rio in 2016. Since Rio, he has been training hard upgrading his routines, and in 2017 made British history by retaining his title on the pommel horse at the World Gymnastics Championships. The 1st British gymnast to retain a world title with his gold on the pommel horse at the World Championships this October. Whitlock was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours, for services to Gymnastics.

Todd Clements
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    Todd Clements from Braintree Golf Club, won the English Amateur championship in August. In 2017, he also represented England at the home internationals at Moretown GC, and came 12th at the Lytham trophy, narrowly missing out on a Walker Cup place. Todd’s continued rise to top sees him currently stand at 31st in the world amateur golf rankings.

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Vote 2: Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year at a national or international level either individually or as part of a team.  Open to all ages and disabilities. Sponsored by Essex County Council.

Lucy Hodges MBE
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    Despite being hospitalised with meningitis in May, Lucy worked incredibly hard to get fit enough to train for the Blind World Sailing Championships in September. She was subsequently selected as the B2 helm, and her team went through the whole regatta (17 races) unbeaten. This, along with the success of their other teams, meant Team GB were crowned overall world champions. She has also been an incredible advocate of improving access to blind sailing for as many applicants as possible.

Paul Guest
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    Paul recently represented Team GB in the wheelchair basketball team at The Invictus Games in Toronto, bringing home a bronze medal. He has always put coaching at a priority, inspiring many people to take part in physical activity and achieve their sporting potential. The sport of wheelchair basketball has had a contributed on improving both Paul’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Richard Chiassaro
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    Richard is an International Paralympian who has had an outstanding 2017, winning a bronze medal for the 400m at the World Para Athletics Championship, as well as reaching the final in the 200m, 800m and 1500m. Nationally, Richard has remained unbeaten all year and had multiple podium finishes across Europe. In October he completed his first marathon in an outstanding time of 1:42:44. As well as his personal success, Richard coaches other wheelchair racers twice a week at Harlow Athletics Club, which he started a few years ago.

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Vote 3: Unsung Hero

A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be a dedicated volunteer within a sports club setting who you feel deserves recognition for their commitment to supporting and developing the club and its members. Must be aged 18 or over 1st September 2017. Sponsored by Spotlight Sound.

Eddie Hawkins
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    Eddie is a dedicated coach who has spent his life to supporting athletes. Now aged 75, Eddie has had a long career since he qualified as an F.A. Coach in the late 1960’s. He was head coach for 7 years at Braintree AC and now coaches independently. He is also part of the UK Athletics international Mentoring Programme. For the past 20 years he has given his time free of charge and regularly coaches 3 times a week, all year round. His dedication and expertise has allowed his athletics to achieve national standard and has had countless regional and county champions across the years.

Mary Martin
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    Mary is club secretary and treasurer of the Flames Junior Netball Club in Basildon, which currently has over 200 junior members. Over the past 20 years, Mary has helped countless girls start their netball career, volunteering over 20 hours a week. She works tirelessly to ensure the club runs smoothly, including coaching of junior teams and umpiring of regular matches. She also has ensured that coaches receive all new courses and mandatory training to further develop their coaching careers.

Peter Hall
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    Peter has volunteered at the Stanford Badminton Academy for the past 18 years. He has been a pillar to the community, introducing badminton to hundreds of children and young adults across Corringham and Stanford-Le-Hope. He has also volunteered his services to local schools to generate interest in badminton and support their teaching of the sport. Peter has grown the club through mentoring young coaches to support the academy.

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