Last chance to enter nominations for the Sunderland Echo Sports Awards

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TIME is running out to make your nominations for the first Sunderland Echo Sports Awards, with the deadline just 24 hours away.

Entries have been coming in thick and fast for the event that will celebrate the best of sporting achievements on Wearside.

With categories ranging from Unsung Hero to Performance of the Year, everyone has the chance to nominate someone they think should be recognised for their sporting accomplishments.

So far, big names such as Olympic medallist Tony Jeffries and Sunderland AFC legend Marco Gabbiadini have thrown their weight behind the event, as well as groups such as Tyne and Wear Disability Sport Forum.

Tony said: “Sport has been a very important part of my life from a young age as it’s a great way to keep fit and have fun at the same time.

“Also, with any competitive sport, you need to have discipline and dedication.

“I would urge anyone and everyone to take up a sport whatever it may be and give it a go.”

Other categories on the list include Special Achievement, Contribution to Disability Sports, Coach or Mentor and Sports Personality of Year.

The awards ceremony will take place on July 26 at the Stadium of Light and is being sponsored by EDF Energy.

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

Although there is only 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.

Shortlisted nominees will receive two tickets for themselves and a guest to attend the star-studded night.

It will also coincide with the start of the London Olympics and a celebration of sport across the country.

Click here to enter your nomination

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