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David Marrin, Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Disability Sport Forum, for Sports Awards story.

David Marrin, Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Disability Sport Forum, for Sports Awards story.

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A DISABILITY sports group has backed the inaugural Sunderland Echo Sports Awards.

Tyne and Wear Disability Sport Forum has come out in support of the event, which taking place on July 26.

The awards will celebrate the very best sporting talents in Sunderland, their clubs and coaches.

The forum works to improve the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity and realise their sporting potential.

Although there is one award specifically for contribution to disability sports, disabled athletes are welcome to apply for all awards which include the team award, special achievement award and coach or mentor award.

David Marrin, pictured right, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Disability Sport Forum, said: “The forum works to increase the quantity and improve the quality of opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport.

“It also seeks to help disabled athletes fulfil their physical and sporting potential.

“The Sunderland Echo Sports Awards are a great way to acknowledge not only the sporting achievements of local athletes, but also the excellent work that’s done by coaches and volunteers to support them.”

Councillor Mel Speding, cabinet secretary for the city council, said: “It would be great to see these people being recognised for their commitment to disability sport.”

Sponsored by EDF Energy, the event will take place at the Stadium of Light and shortlisted nominees will receive two tickets for themselves and a guest.

Judging the entries received by Echo readers will be ex-Black Cats star Marco Gabbiadini, Echo editor Rob Lawson and Kevin Gatens, from EDF Energy.

Click here to enter your nomination

Categories:

Team Award

16-18 Team Award

Special Achievement Award

Youth 16-18 Sportsperson Special Achievement Award

Sports Official / Referee Award

Coach or Mentor Award

Contribution to Disability Sports Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Unsung Hero Award

Performance of the Year Award

The Ian Laws Award for a special contribution to sport in Sunderland, at the Editor’s discretion

Sports Personality of Year Award