The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards return on Feb. 22.

The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards return on Feb. 22.

Nominations open for Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards

Organizers hoping sports community will nominate deserving athletes, teams, coaches

Organizers of the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards are looking for the best in local sports. Nominations are now open for this year’s awards, which will honour 2018 achievements.

The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards return on Feb. 22. 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 from Ladysmith to Nanoose Bay. The nomination deadline is Jan. 4.

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 Sports News Story of the Year.

There is also the Michael Rhode Memorial Award, which will be presented to an athlete, coach, volunteer or advocate who selflessly gives his or her 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 members of the media and the sports community will determine finalists and winners. Nominees will be judged on their performance and achievements in 2018, while volunteers will be judged on their long-term commitment to sports.

Please visit www.nanaimosportachievementawards.ca to access a fillable online nomination form.

The 14th annual Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards will be held Feb. 22 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 chairwoman Marilyn Sullivan at 250-716-6110.

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