TRURO - Think of it as a simple way to support Colchester County's athletes.
That's the message from Truro Sport Heritage Society chair Danny Joseph, who is hoping Colchester residents send in plenty of nominations over the next several weeks for the society's 30th annual awards dinner Mar. 6.
"You can't pry the smiles off their faces just to be nominated in that kind of a setting amongst their peers," Joseph said of seeing the athletes during the dinner. "It makes them all winners, really."
The dinner, which will be held at the Best Western Glengarry, recognizes the sporting achievements of Colchester County's athletes, coaches and volunteers throughout the 2013 calendar year. There are categories for individuals and teams ranging in age from under-10 and up. Nominations will be accepted from everyone and nominations forms can be found at both the Town of Truro and County of Colchester recreation offices, the Marigold Cultural Centre and online at trurosporthalloffame.com.
"Anybody can nominate anyone," Joseph said. "And nomination forms are very easily accessible."
The number of nominations has been low over the past several years. The problem has become so bad that several categories have as low as one or two nominees. Some categories have even been left off the awards dinner table due to no nominations.
"We used to get all kinds in every category," Joseph said. "It's not to say that the winners of those categories weren't deserving, but it's always good to have competition."
The situation has forced the society to submit their own nominations for deserving athletes who otherwise wouldn't have gotten one, but it's a practice Joseph said he wants to get away from.
"We don't want to be doing that because, obviously, there's a bit of a bias there so we hope the public really steps up," he said. "It's crucial." firstname.lastname@example.org
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