Council Launches Nomination for Sports Awards 05 September 2022 Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has launched its nomination process for the prestigious 2022 Drayne’s Farm Sports Awards. The aim of the awards is to recognise the wealth of sporting talent of individuals and teams, residing or based, in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. The awards evening will take place at a ceremony held at La Mon Hotel & Country Club on Friday 21 October. The event will focus on the sporting achievements of individuals and teams either through direct participation in sport or contributions as a coach or administrator. Nomination categories are now open for; Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, School of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Senior Sports Personality of the Year and Sportsperson/Team with a Disability of the Year. Junior and Senior Merit Awards are also available to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential backroom support to their club. Nominations are also open for Sports Bursaries to provide financial help to young athletes. Launching the 2022 Drayne’s Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Aaron McIntyre said, “The Sports Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse range of sports making a real difference to local communities here in Lisburn & Castlereagh. We have a proud history of sporting success with athletes and teams representing the council area in major competitions, including most recently the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham “This year’s awards ceremony will focus on women in sport, which is very poignant after the success of female teams and individuals this summer. I am particularly looking forward to hearing from our special guests Lady Mary Peters who is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of her famous Olympic Gold Medal as well as NI Netball Coach, Elaine Rice who has just returned from coaching the NI Team at the Commonwealth Games. “The closing date to make a nomination for the Sports Awards is Friday 30th September at 5pm. I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate an individual, club or school whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed”, concluded Councillor McIntyre. Jimmy Walker, Chairperson of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to recognise those who have achieved so much in sport over the last year. “I am aware of the many hours of training, which are dedicated each week in pursuit of excellence in sport, particularly at competitive level. There are also many unsung heroes whose valuable technical support and coaching inspire others to reach their potential. “I would like to thank Drayne’s Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting greatness in Lisburn & Castlereagh.” Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing or based in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area. Nomination forms can be completed online https://www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2022 Further information if required can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. The closing date for applications is strictly Friday 30th September 2022 at 5pm.