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Nominations are open for the Sussex Sports Awards 2019

Nominations are open for the Sussex Sports Awards 2019

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The glitzy awards are back to celebrate Sussex sport and physical activity and the phenomenal heroines and heroes who have contributed at all levels, across all walks of life.

Hosted by Active Sussex, the black-tie event, in its 17th year, will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Friday 22 November.

Nominations are now open to find people who have gone the extra mile, whether that’s to achieve their own personal goals, or for helping others achieve theirs. They could be young or old, a selfless volunteer or someone who’s triumphed against adversity.

Active Sussex want to hear your heart-warming and inspiring stories, so if you know someone that deserves to be recognised then nominate them for a Sussex Sports Award! 

Famous faces from across the world of sport will be in attendance for the star-studded ceremony, hosted by revered BBC radio presenter Danny Pike, for the tenth consecutive year, and a very special VIP sporting guest speaker for the evening, who will be announced later this month.   

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex’s Chief Executive said: “The awards provide the perfect stage to reward dedicated and inspiring individuals and organisations whose work behind the scenes is so crucial to the development of sport from grassroots level right through to elite.”


Active Sussex are inviting nominations in twelve categories:

  • Active Primary School of the Year Award
  • Club of the Year
  • Southern Combination Football League Coach of the Year
  • Everyone Active Community Impact Award
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year
  • Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year
  • Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year
  • BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award
  • Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year
  • University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year

Award nominations are now closed, with the finalist shortlist announced on Monday 21 October.

Last year's awards

At the unforgettable Sussex Sports Awards 2018 British sporting legend Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards wowed as host guest, with the awards receiving a record number of nominations from across the county.

VIDEO: Watch the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 Highlights here. 

“I had a wonderful evening, it was really good out there. It was really exciting and people were excited to be here and the winners and the finalists were all wonderful,” said Eddie. “I was honoured to have the chance to meet and speak to the next generation of UK’s sports stars… it was a wonderful chance to address these talented teams and individuals.”

VIDEO: Watch the Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards: Sussex Sports Awards 2018 here. 

Winners included Brighton Table Tennis Club, the UK’S first Club of Sanctuary, who collaborated with social services, schools and prisons as well as refugee and migrant communities.

Professional darts player Rob Cross, currently ranked number two in the world ranking, who completed a stunning rise to stardom last year by winning the PDC World Darts Championship on his first appearance at the sport’s flagship event, also took home a top prize. Also celebrated was middle distance and cross-country runner Peter Witcomb, 69, who has been a member of Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club for over 55 years. Some of the talented athlete’s achievements include; being the most capped Sussex cross country runner ever, holding team management positions for over 35 years and coaching youngsters for the last 10 years.

“I still run now, I’m 70 next year (2019), and I’m hopefully going to go for a few more big races… I’ve been very lucky I’ve never been injured, I’ve had a few niggles with my knee,” explained Peter after winning the BBC Unsung Hero Award at the Sussex Sports Awards 2018.  

“This award is for the club because without them I wouldn’t be here. I just love running, it’s something I have always done, I’ve been very lucky and I’ve been with some great teams over the years.”

VIDEOS: Watch all the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 videos here.

Nomination information

Access all the information you need below to nominate an individual and/or organisation for a Sussex Sports Award! 

The Sussex Sports Awards, organised and hosted by Active Sussex, is the most prestigious award ceremony of its kind in the region. A judging panel of sports professionals drawn from national, regional and community levels, judge 13 separate awards.

Award nominations will close at noon on Friday 11 October, with the finalist shortlist announced on Monday 21 October.

More information

For more information please contact Ed Bartram, Active Sussex’s Events Officer, E: ebartram@activesussex.org / T: 01273 644103.