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Still time to get nominations in for Bay's best-ever awards night

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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EVENT organiser Kirsty Parker-Calland has urged fans to have their say on who should walk home with the gongs at the 2012 Torbay Sports Awards, with just over a week to go before nominations close.

Parker-Calland, Torbay's Community Sports Co-ordinator, said: "It will be the biggest the event has ever been so it is really important to get nominations in.

"It will be great to get people recognised. After the summer of sport we have had it should be extra special."

Last year's sports personality of the year Jay Thompson played his part in the summer's centrepiece, London 2012, competing in the Olympic arena during a pre-event show.

It has been a stellar year for the gymnast who took four golds at the Artistic British Championships as well as two golds at the European Juniors in Montpellier.

Thompson is a potential candidate for both the Senior and Junior Sports Personality of the Year but both of those categories should be keenly contested.

Rising bowls star Sophie Tolchard, of King's Bowling Club, is also a strong contender for both those crowns following success at the National Mix Fours and British Isles championships.

It has been a positive year for bowls in the area and club and England team-mate Natalie Melmore could feature in the Senior category.

Other hopefuls for the Senior Sports Personality award include Masters powerlifting world champion David Williams and GB rower Marcus Bateman.

The competition for the junior title is no less fierce and draws potential winners from a wide range of sports.

Cameron Thomas has won both the U16 Welsh National and Welsh Open ski championships this season, achievements which saw him included in the England A team.

Rebecca Ley, of Torquay Lawn Tennis Club, is proceeding up the British rankings at a great rate of knots and completed a treble at this year's Devon County Championships.

Torquay Lawn Tennis Club are one of a number of Bay clubs who could be in line for a team award.

Torquay United Indoor Bowls have celebrated three national titles this year and could well be among a number of bowls nominations.

The competition for the Senior Team of the Year though could be heavily affected by events at the final round of the South Devon League this Saturday.

Torquay Golf Club face an uphill task to overcome Teignmouth but SDL victory would make it an impressive golf double after they won the Palairet Memorial Trophy in August.

With so many strong performances this year organisers are keen that nobody gets overlooked.

Parker-Calland said: "Don't ever assume that somebody has been nominated. A number of clubs have suggested nominees in the paper but are yet to officially put them forward."

The 10 awards up for grabs are: Senior Sports Personality of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year, Disabled Sports Personality of the Year, Outstanding Contribution Award, Senior Team of The Year, Junior Team of The Year Torbay Club of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, Contribution to London 2012.

Nominations close on Friday, September 28. Go to www.torbaysportsawards.co.uk for more details and online application form.

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