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Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards seeking nominations

Awards will celebrate achievements of athletes, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers

A lot of athletes and teams have persevered during the pandemic and gotten back to competition, and the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards want to recognize and celebrate that. Awards organizers are now looking for nominations to help spotlight the community’s many successes in local sports in 2021.

After a virtual awards ceremony in 2021, organizers anticipate an in-person celebrations with a gala event Feb. 25. Nominations are now being accepted and are open to any athlete, team, coach, official or sport administrator including junior athletes and masters in the Nanaimo area. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31.

Award categories include Junior Male Individual Athlete of the Year, Junior Female Individual Athlete of the Year, Junior Male Team Athlete of the Year, Junior Female Team Athlete of the Year, Male Individual Athlete of the Year, Female Individual Athlete of the Year, Male Team Athlete of the Year, Female Team Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, Masters Athlete of the Year, Partners of the Year, Grassroots Coach of the Year, High-Performance Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, Sport Administrator of the Year, and Best Sports News Story of the Year.

There is also the Michael Rhode Memorial Award, presented to an athlete, coach, volunteer or advocate who gives time, energy and commitment to sports and to the community; and the Steve Smith Memorial Award for outstanding achievement and/or dedication to extreme sports.

A panel of judges made up of media and other members of the sports community will determine finalists and winners. Nominees will be judged on their performance and achievements in 2021, while volunteers will be judged on their long-term commitment to sports.

Visit www.nanaimosportachievementawards.ca to access a fillable online nomination form.

The awards will be held Feb. 25 at the Coast Bastion Hotel. To become an event sponsor, or for more information with regards to nominations or the event itself, please call event chairperson Marilyn Sullivan at 250-716-6110.


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