SPORTING stars from across Doncaster are warming up for a prestigious awards ceremony after the shortlist for prizes was announced.
Competitors who take part in a diverse range of sports will battle for honours in the annual Doncaster Sports Awards.
The event aims to celebrate the driving forces - individuals, teams and clubs - behind the borough’s thriving sporting scene.
The winners of 12 separate categories will be unveiled at a glittering ceremony next month.
One of the night’s hotly anticipated gongs sees Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Vicky Exley pitted against England basketball star Sarah Naylor, teenage Great Britain heptathlete Liam Ramsay and disabled swimming world championship finalist Chloe Selman in the Sports Personality of the Year category.
Other big prizes include the Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year, Disabled Sports Personality of the Year and Outstanding Moment of the Year.
And one dedicated Doncaster sporting hero will be honoured for their efforts over the years with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards, organised and hosted by the Keepmoat Stadium, take place on May 13.
Shane Chalmers, chief executive of the Stadium Management Company, said the excellent standard of nominations provoked lengthy debate among the judging panel.
He added: “While there were many names we expected to see there were also a great deal of new names and a superb variety of sports represented.
“We are looking forward to welcoming those who have been shortlisted and those who want to celebrate our region’s sporting achievements.”
Tickets for the event cost £18 per person or £150 for a table of ten. The evening includes a two-course meal. Guests can book their places at the stadium or by calling the ticket office on 01302 762587.
* The full list of the nominations for the Doncaster Sports Awards:
Sports Personality of the Year
Vicky Exley – Ladies Football
Sarah Naylor – Basketball
Liam Ramsay - Athletics
Chloe Selman - Swimming
Junior Sports Personality of the Year
Aiden Davies – Athletics
Haydyn Fiori – Skiing
Max Litchfield - Swimming
Joseph Wells – Gymnastics
Disabled Sports Personality of the Year
Gordon Laidlaw – Cricket
Chloe Selman – Swimming
Louis Speight – Athletics
Ben Sweeney - Swimming
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner to be announced on the night
This award will be voted for by listeners to Trax FM
Coach/Manager of the Year (Amateur)
John Butler – Football
Ken Blood – Boxing
Bruce Bewley – Athletics
Ben Mawson - Football
Hope for the Future
Haydyn Fiori – Skiing
Liam Ramsay – Athletics
Lucy Chappell – Athletics
Natalie Matthews - Swimming
Team of the Year
Armthorpe Rovers Under 14’s – football
Balby Carr Sports College - Football
Doncaster Athletics Young Athletes League team – Athletics
Doncaster Belles Under 10’s – Girls football
Sporting Venue of the Year
Doncaster Athletics Club Stadium
Balby Carr Sports College
Doncaster Gymnastics Academy
Amateur Sports Club of the Year
Bentley Colliery C.C – Cricket
Danum Disabled Sports Team – Athletics & Boccia
Doncaster Athletics Club – Athletics
Doncaster Dartes Swimming Club
Outstanding Sporting Moment
Ashton Harrison – Athletics
Max Litchfield – Swimming
Ben Sweeney – Swimming
Joseph Wells - Gymnastics
Sports Business of the Year
Doncaster Cultural and Leisure Trust - Various
Dons Community Foundation – Rugby League
Doncaster Rugby League Club