It is an honour which has been held by the great names in Doncaster sport.
And now this is your chance to have a say in who gets to engrave their place in the borough’s sporting history.
Entries have opened for the 2014 Doncaster sports awards - and we want you to nominate your greatest heroes.
We have teamed up with the Keepmoat Stadium once again to stage the 2014 sixth Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards which honour sporting heroes and those who help them get to the top of their game.
This year’s awards have 13 categories up for grabs which are all designed to recognise the excellent sporting talent on display every week across the borough.
From grass roots volunteers to top professionals there is something on offer for everybody.
Nominations are open to people taking part in any sport across the region, in the areas served by the Doncaster Free Press, the South Yorkshire Times and the Epworth Bells
The sporting heroes will be honoured at a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday May 7 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Chris Burton editor in chief, of South Yorkshire Newspapers, said: “These awards recognise people in our communities who are doing exceptional things in the world of sport.
“Each week we hear about outstanding sporting achievements and this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the people behind these success stories.”
Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers who are responsible for the running of the Keepmoat Stadium said: “We are proud to host the annual Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards at the Keepmoat Stadium and are always impressed by the variety and quality of entrants.
“If you know someone who is doing well at their chosen sports from grassroots level up, don’t forget to nominate them for this year’s awards. It is a great accolade to be shortlisted or win one of these awards and it gives people from across our borough recognition for all of the hard work they put into their sport.”
The list of previous winners of our awards reads like a who’s who of Doncaster sport, and includes stars such as Sarah Stevenson and Doncaster Rovers icon Rob Jones.
To nominate your star simply contact the events team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org providing name, address, email and contact number for both nominee and yourself and a detailed description of why this person has been nominated. The deadline for entries is Monday April 28.
This award is to recognise an outstanding individual or team who has achieved, through sport, excellence and has represented their town, county or country in a way in which Doncaster can be proud. The Sports Personality will also be a strong role model for younger athletes to aspire to.
Junior Sports Personality of the Year
This award is to recognise an individual under the age of 21 where their sporting achievements in the last twelve months have made them worthy of accolade. They will have either represented themselves or a team in a local or national environment to a high standard.
Disabled Sports Personality of the Year
To reward an individual who has excelled in their given sport to achieve on a local or national level. This person will have raised the profile of disabled activity through their involvement either through competing, coaching or volunteering.
Lifetime Achievement Award
To recognise an individual who has either achieved in sport or who has helped
others to fulfil their potential through their dedication to their given sport. This person will have enhanced the sporting profile of the region over a period of time.
South Yorkshire Times Sports Superstar
This award is to recognise an outstanding individual or team who has achieved, through sport, excellence and has represented their town, county or country in a way in which South Yorkshire can be proud. The Sports Personality will also be a strong role model for younger athletes to aspire to.
Epworth Bells Sports Superstar
This award is to recognise an outstanding individual or team who has achieved, through sport, excellence and has represented their town, county or country in a way in which Epworth can be proud. The Sports Personality will also be a strong role model for younger athletes to aspire to.
Coach/Manager of the Year (Amateur)
This award is to give recognition to a coach/manager who has demonstrated leadership and has improved the level of performance of a team, club, school or individual.
Coach/Manager of the Year (Professional)
To reward a coach/manager that has achieved success through his/her leadership or that has demonstrated a commitment to the local community through their actions.
This award is for someone who will have given time and care to help an individual or club without looking for personal gain. The award winner must have consistently shown tireless dedication and epitomise the true spirit of an unsung hero.
Hope for the Future
To reward an individual who has a bright future in sport regardless of age or attainment. This is a person who shows a true potential to go on to bigger and better things and be a star in the making.
Amateur Team of the Year
To reward a team who have achieved to a level that has made them proud. This could be an age classified team or one who represents a club, school or college at a junior or senior level.
Amateur Sports Club of the Year
To reward the club which has done the most to bring together people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and benefit from a club environment.
Professional Team of the Year
This award is for the professional club that has either excelled on the field of play or that has achieved exceptional levels of community involvement for a club if it size.
Outstanding Sporting Moment
This award is for a person that has in the last twelve months produced a significant sporting performance at a local or national level.