Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shining a Light on the Region's Sports Heroes; DISABILITY SPORT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shining a Light on the Region's Sports Heroes; DISABILITY SPORT

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NOMINATIONS are now open for the North East Disability Sports Awards.

The awards, now in their eighth year, celebrate the fantastic achievements and contributions North East athletes, coaches and clubs made to disability sport across the region in 2014.

The event recognises and rewards them for their tireless and dedicated commitment to their chosen sport.

The categories include Male and Female Personality, Young Male and Female Achiever, Club, Coach and Participant of the Year and a Service to Sport Award.

The 2013 awards saw more than 100 individuals and clubs nominated for the eight accolades on offer.

Winners at the 2013 gongs included former PE teacher Anne Cradock, who won the Service to Sport Award.

She worked hard to make sure people with disabilities were able to participate in sport through offering her time as a volunteer at numerous regional and national competitions in sports such as swimming, netball and boccia.

The Club of the Year award went to the Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club who in 2013 supported 43 individuals with a physical disability to access powerchair football.

The club's elite side won the Premier League in style, scoring 128 goals without conceding any during the season.

Nominating in the 2014 awards is easy - simply fill out the online form at www.nedsa.co.uk.

The closing date for nominations is Friday.

Jean Lordon, Executive Director of Tees Valley Sport said: "The awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the successes of our region's sporting stars. …

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