DO YOU KNOW A LOCAL SPORTING HERO? THEN THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO NOMINATE THEM FOR A TOP COUNTY SPORTS AWARD.

Now in our eighth year, the Energize Awards recognise people that take part, work and volunteer in sport and physical activity across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

The awards are an opportunity for local people and organisations to be celebrated for their passion, dedication and commitment to grass-roots sport.

With the clock (see top right hand corner) counting down to year’s Energize Awards, it is now time to release the list of finalists for each award category.

As always, there has been much deliberation and debate over the finalist list.

So, the finalists for this year’s Energize Awards are:

Coach of the Year Finalists:

  • Stacey Dower
  • Chris Tay
  • Kristien Wood

Volunteer of the Year Finalists (sponsored by Greenhous Group):

  • Jan Butler
  • Andy Crozier
  • Steve Groome
  • Fiona Smith

Young Volunteer of the Year Finalists:

  • Beth Evans & Kim Carter
  • Jack Jones
  • Danny Powis

Community Club of the Year Finalists (sponsored by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust):

  • Market Drayton Community Amateur Sports Club
  • Shrewsbury Basketball Club
  • Shifnal Cricket Club

Community Project of the Year Finalists (sponsored by Pleydell Smithyman Ltd):

  • Climbing Out
  • Kicking off in Oswestry
  • Shropshire Young Health Champions
  • Tackle your Health

Sports Performance of the Year Finalists:

  • Nick Beighton
  • Bethan Partridge

Junior Sports Performance of Year Finalists:

  • Katie Lambert
  • Callum Mackenzie
  • Emily Price

Newcomer of the Year Finalists (sponsored by BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Midlands Today):

  • Church Stretton Samurai RFC
  • Lawley Running Club
  • Shrewsbury parkrun

Outstanding Contribution to PE and School Sport Finalists:

To be announced – one from each School Games Organiser area

Each Finalist will receive an email letter this week (w/e 5th October), containing details of how to book tickets, and venue details. Each Finalist will receive 1 free ticket to the event, with further tickets available to purchase.

Any queries, please contact Ian Duckmanton on 07891 456 424 – ian.duckmanton@energizestw.org.uk

This year the awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 6th November at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

“Thousands of local people are able to find and take part in activities they love because of the dedication and commitment of those who work or volunteer in sport and physical activity. As well as acknowledging the very talented sports people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, the Energize Awards seek to recognise the excellent work that goes on behind the scenes to make sport happen from grass roots right up to professional level.”

Chris Child, Chief Executive for Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin