Nominations for the prestigious Aberdeen’s Sports Awards, now in their 25th year, officially opened today.
Tony Dawson, Active Aberdeen Partnership chairman, joined Connor Morrison and pupils from Westpark School to mark the official opening of this year’s event.
Connor was 2017 Disability Sports Achiever of the Year, and Westpark were named Primary School of the Year.
For 2018, there will be 18 award categories recognising contributions made by local athletes, volunteers and clubs in encouraging individuals to be active.
This non-profit event is presented by the Active Aberdeen Partnership, a collective of key sport and physical activity organisations in Aberdeen who are promoting sport, physical activity and health opportunities within the city.
Chairman Dawson today urged people across Aberdeen to come forward and acknowledge those who contribute to the city’s sporting success.
He said: “Aberdeen’s Sports Awards are a fantastic way to recognise and celebrate the people in our city who contribute towards our sporting communities.
“Whether it is the voluntary superstars who lend their time to community coaching, or the wealth of talented athletes Aberdeen has produced, inspiring future generations to come.
“This year we celebrate 25 years of the awards, highlighting the city’s wealth of sporting talent and acknowledging the many facilities, clubs, coaches and volunteers who enable participation across the city.
“The Active Aberdeen Partnership champions a move to make Aberdeen the most active city in Scotland by 2020.
“These awards shine a spotlight on the people who are dedicated to bringing this vision to life.
“There is still time to sponsor some of our categories, so I would also urge any business or individual looking to support community sport to get in touch to find out more about how they can get involved.”
Award winner Connor Morrison said: “The awards are a great way to recognise the success of athletes, coaches and volunteers across the city.
“The event is a shining example of inclusion with para athletes’ stories and successes shared to raise awareness of opportunities and show anything is possible.”
Nominations are open from now until Friday, August 24.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, October 4.