Who will be the winners at tonight’s Nottingham Post Sports Awards?


The great and the good of Nottingham’s sporting community will gather tonight at the East Midlands Conference centre for a night of celebration, recognising the tremendous achievements people in the region have made in sport over the last 12 months.

The Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017 will reward both professionals and amateurs for their dedication and remarkable contribution to their sport.

With two famous football clubs, a county cricket team and renowned ice hockey team, the city is home to a wide range of sporting stars.

There are 15 awards up for grabs on the night, with nominated finalists eager to get their hands on one of the awards. These include Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last year the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE.

Making his name at the London 2012 Paralympics in athletics, Richard has two Paralympic gold medals and one silver medal to his name.

As well as this, he has won a whole host of World and European Championship medals, making him a worthy recipient of 2016’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Richard Whitehead celebrates his World Championships win in London

This year Richard is nominated for the Sportsman of the Year award alongside England international cricketer Alex Hales and badminton star Chris Adcock.

The Sportswoman of the Year award is as equally fiercely contested with finalists this year including gymnast Ellie Downie, speed skater Elise Christie and England women’s cricketer Jenny Gunn MBE.

As well as recognising individuals, teams and clubs will also be celebrated.

Nominated for this year’s Team of the Year award are Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, ice hockey side Nottingham Panthers and motorsport team the Birchall Brothers.

As well as the finalists, also attending this year’s awards will be the category sponsors and a whole host of famous sporting faces from the region who will be in charge of presenting the awards.

Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception on arrival before enjoying a delicious gourmet three-course meal.

Ellie Downie competing for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics

Hosting proceedings will be TV weather girl Emma Jesson and Sky Sports presenter David Garrido.

The evening’s winners will be decided by a panel of judges who also had the job of selecting three shortlisted finalists in each category.

Sponsoring the awards are NET Trams, Ikano Bank, The Nottingham Label Company Ltd, Fraser Brown, Mazars, Proludic, Cartwright King, Breedon Electrical Services, Sport Nottinghamshire, De Vere, Jewson, Alea Casinos, Nottingham College, Nottingham Maintenance, Nottingham City Council and Smooth Radio. Leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc are also back as event organisers.

As well as providing an opportunity to reward people for their sporting success, the night also provides a vital fundraising opportunity for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Since they opened their doors in 1994, the hospice cares for children who are suffering from life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their families. A game of silent auction will take place which will raise money for the charity.



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