Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes All

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heroes All

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Here's your chance to honour Teesside's sporting best.

The eighth annual Teesside Sports Awards - organised by the Evening Gazette and sponsored by Bell's Stores, Middlesbrough's Hill Street shopping centre and Pertemps recruitment agency - are launched today.

The search is on to find the area's sporting best, whether they be individuals or teams, as well as the unsung heroes.

The awards will be presented at a special evening at Middlesbrough's Thistle Hotel in late March.

As ever, the awards are primarily designed to showcase the great wealth and depth of sporting talent and achievements in the region.

Last year, Teessiders took part in a whole range of sports right around the globe - from big international events to five-a-side games in the local park.

These awards are aimed at everyone - not just those who compete at the very highest levels of their sport.

Performance and achievement weigh heavily with all nominations, but the judges also take into account dedication, character, fair play and ability.

The 2003 Teesside Sports Awards should be the biggest and best ever staged, with a new format that boasts more honours than ever and includes, for the first time, a category aimed at the unsung heroes of local sport - the coaches and administrators who put in hours and hours of unseen work every week.

There are four awards in the Prestige category, which are:

* Senior Sportsman/woman of the Year;

* Team of the Year;

* Junior Sportsman/woman of the Year;

* Special Needs Award.

Each award carries prize money of pounds 500 as well as an engraved trophy.

There are a further eight awards in the Main category, which are:

* Athletics Achievement Award;

* Best individual in a Team Sport (football, rugby, hockey, basketball etc);

* Contact Sports Achievement Award (boxing, judo, karate etc);

* Motor Sport Achievement Award;

* Pub Sports Achievement Award (for darts, billiards, snooker, pool, dominoes etc);

* Behind-the-Scenes Unsung Hero Award (for coaches and administrators);

* Special Award for Sporting Endeavour (aimed at those competing at grassroots level);

* Special Award for Sporting Excellence (aimed at those who achieve national or international success). …

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