Lizzy Yarnold, the most successful Winter Olympian in British history, will be the special guest of honour at this year’s Medway Sports Awards.
The two-time Winter Olympic skeleton champion, who won back-to-back golds in the Sochi and PyeongChang games, will join local sporting heroes at Medway Council’s Medway Sports Awards at MidKent College in December. The awards are held every other year to celebrate local sporting success and highlight the achievements of Medway’s clubs, teams, individuals, coaches, volunteers and schools.
Nominations are now open
Nominations for the awards are now open and residents are encouraged to nominate local clubs, teams and individuals in 11 categories including Primary School Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Junior Sportsperson of the year. Shortlisted nominees will then be invited to a gala celebration evening on Friday, 14 December at MidKent College. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented to the judges’ chosen winners on the night.
Previous winners have included Maddie Hinch, Olympic hockey champion, and Paralympic gold medal winning skier Charlotte Evans.
‘The awards are a wonderful celebration’
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The Medway Sports Awards are a wonderful celebration of the hard work and dedication shown by athletes, coaches and hard working volunteers across Medway’s professional and community clubs. I look forward to toasting their achievements in December.”
Anchorians FC won Youth Club of the Year at the last Medway Sports Awards in 2016.
Leigh Willis, Chairman of Anchorians FC, said: “Like all grass roots clubs we do it for the people, giving them an opportunity to participate, learn new skills, make new friends and ultimately have fun. As volunteers delivering this at times is a hard task, but when you see your members enjoying themselves is a great reward, but getting that extra bit of recognition for all that hard work, really does make a difference and makes it all worthwhile.”
The awards cover achievements from 1 October 2016 to 26 October 2018. Nominations are open until Friday, 26 October 2018.