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Public to choose their picks for Diversity Sports Awards

SHOWCASE: Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith could be one of the inspiring sports figures to bag a BEDSA

NOMINATIONS FOR the fifth British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs) are now open.

The BEDSAs ceremony, organised by Sporting Equals, celebrates and rewards sporting achievements among BAME women and men, and will be held on April 6.

POSITIVE

The awards aim to create a positive impact towards the sport sector, where more role models from diverse communities in various sports are a priority to increase participation.

Nominations close on Sunday (February 24), but until then they are open for the public to name their picks for categories including Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year, Inspirational Performance of the Year Award and community awards such as Unsung Hero and Community Sports Project of the Year.

Sporting Equals chief executive Arun Kang told the Voice of Sport: “This year has been fantastic for sport, with a number of major events including the Commonwealth Games.

“We want to showcase the role models from these events as well as those in grassroots sport to help inspire the next generation to take part in sport at their chosen level.”

Christine Ohuruogu MBE, an ambassador for the organisation, said: “I’m very proud of Sporting Equals in organising the fifth annual sports awards to promote the achievements of BAME communities in sport.

“Events like this are vital to increasing diversity in sport and highlighting the talent out there. It is about making young people believe and push themselves to achieve.”


IN THE RUNNING: footballer Raheem Sterling is another early favourite

Previous notable BEDSA winners include rugby ace Maro Itoje, runner Mo Farah, former heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, gymnast Rebecca Downie, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and England and Worcestershire cricketer Moeen Ali.

DISADVANTAGED

Some of the early favourites for BEDSA 2019 nominations include a list of stars from the Commonwealth Games and some of Britain’s household names (see panel below right).

The BEDSAs are supported by a number of organisations including Sport England, UK Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Spirit of 2012, the England and Wales Cricket Board, The Football Association, England Athletics, the British Army and the Royal Navy.

Sporting Equals exists to actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity for disadvantaged communities particularly the BAME population.

For more details, or to make a nomination before Sunday’s deadline, visit bedsa.co.uk.

You can also follow the latest news from @BEDSAofficial on social media.

Early favourites for BEDSAs
Sportsman of the Year

Raheem Sterling: Premier League winner and World
Cup semi-finalist

Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 world champion
Courtney Tulloch: Commonwealth gymnastic gold
medallist

Galal Yafai: Commonwealth boxing gold medallist

Rajiv Ouseph: Commonwealth badminton bronze
medallist

Sportswoman of the Year
Dina Asher-Smith: Commonwealth and European
sprint gold medallist

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Commonwealth gold
medallist

Ama Agbeze: Captain of England’s netball winning
Commonwealth gold medallists

Young Sportsperson of the Year
Kare Adenegan: European Championship
Paralympic gold medallist

Amar Virdi: Surrey and England U19 cricketer

Simran Kaur: National boxing champion

Caroline Dubois: Youth Olympics and European
boxing champion

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