SPORT on Wearside will be celebrated with a new awards ceremony.
The first Sunderland Sports Awards will be held on June 14 and will have 12 categories, including team award, coach or mentor award, unsung hero and sports personality of the year.
The judging panel will include Black Cats legend Marco Gabbiadini as well as Echo editor Rob Lawson and Kevin Gatens from EDF Energy, official sponsor of the ceremony.
People wanting to nominate someone for an award should fill out the application form in today’s Echo or click here to download a copy and return it by May 29.
The event will be held at the Stadium of Light and each nominee will receive a complimentary ticket for the dinner.
The awards will be taking place just 48 hours before the Olympic Torch passes through the city on its nationwide tour.