The hunt is on to find the cream of the region’s crop - and we want you to help us!
For this week we kick-off our South Yorkshire Newspapers Community Awards - and your help is needed in nominating people across a wide variety of categories.
We’ve amalgamated our popular sports, education and Superkids awards into one huge ceremony - our chance to celebrate all that’s good about our region and the people in it that go the extra mile to making a difference.
The Community Awards will be dished out in a glittering ceremony on May 6 - but before then we need you to help us with people and teams who you think are worthy of picking up one of our coveted prizes.
We’re looking for YOUR nominations for people to receive a community honour.
Perhaps you know someone who has excelled at school, or a teacher or headteacher that has helped improved their school.
Or maybe you can think of someone who has faced difficult circumstances, but overcome them.
And perhaps you may know a young citizen who could be nominated for The Hannah Brown Young Citizen Award, in memory of Doncaster teenager Hannah Brown, 17, who died last year from an incurable brain tumour but whose amazing legacy was to raise a staggering £50,000 for charity.
And we also need to know your sporting heroes both professional and amateur.
Here’s the full rundown of the 16 categories that you can nominate for.
TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY, SPONSORED BY DONCASTER REFURNISH
Is there a special little someone you know who has overcome the most troublesome of times? Have they overcome an illness or tragedy and you want them to know just how strong and special you think they are?
SUPPORTING THE FAMILY
Is there a young person you know who goes the extra mile for a family member or a loved one? Do they help their parents, grandparents or even a neighbour in their times of need?
HANNAH BROWN - YOUNG CITIZEN AWARD, SPONSORED BY ATHERTON GODFREY
In memory of Hannah Brown we are searching for that someone special in our community who is under the age of 18? Perhaps they volunteer, fund raise, make a difference to your life in some way and are an inspiration to others by example.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS, SPONSORED BY DONCASTER COLLEGE
We want to know about anyone aged 18 or under who has achieved greatness academically or who has turned their grades around tremendously. If you know this person then please send your nomination in.
The judges are hoping to hear tales of inspirational leaders who have turned schools around, of heads who thrive on daily challenges and those who enthuse staff as well as pupils to give 100 per cent.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
The panel is looking for individuals who inspire devotion and respect from their students in equal measure, as well as forging strong relationships with parents and going beyond the call of duty to improve school life inside and outside of the classroom.
SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER
Do you know a Business Manager who excels in their role in supporting the school, in order to enhance effectiveness to achieve improved standards of learning. Do they excel in matters of leadership, organisation, communication and all the small things that help make your school run that little bit easier? If so send us their details.
We want to know about the academically gifted. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements? We want to know who that star pupil is!
BEST SPORTS TEAM, SPONSORED BY CASTLE PARK DONCASTER KNIGHTS
To reward a team who have achieved to a level that has made them proud. This could be an age classified team or one who represents a club, school or college at a junior or senior level.
DISABLED SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, SPONSORED BY DONCASTER REFURNISH
To reward an individual who has excelled in their given sport to achieve on a local or national level. This person will have raised the profile of disabled activity through their involvement either through competing, coaching or volunteering.
JUNIOR SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR, SPONSORED BY ATHERTON GODFREY
This award is to recognise an individual under the age of 21 where their sporting achievements in the last twelve months have made them worthy of accolade. They will have either represented themselves or a team in a local or national environment to a high standard.
PROFESSIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR, SPONSORED BY POLYPIPE
This award is for the professional club that has either excelled on the field of play or that has achieved exceptional levels of community involvement for a club of its size.
AMATEUR SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR
To reward the club which has done the most to bring together people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and benefit from a club environment.
OUTSTANDING SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT, SPONSORED BY ON TRACK PR
This award is for a person that has in the last twelve months produced a significant sporting performance at a local or national level. This could vary from setting a record to hitting a winning run.
This award is to give recognition to a coach/manager who has demonstrated leadership and has improved the level of performance of a team, club, school or individual.
SPORTING LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT, SPONSORED BY SY SPORT
To recognise an individual who has either achieved in sport or who has helped others to fulfil their potential through their dedication to their given sport. This person will have enhanced the sporting profile of the region over a period of time.
To nominate, simply email or post entries including the chosen category, name, address and contact details of nominee along with your own contact details and details of why they deserve the award to:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Haroldine Lockwood, Events Manager - Johnston Press - South Yorkshire and Peaks, Unit 2a, Sherwood Oaks Business Park, Southwell Road West, Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire, NG18 4TB.