The Truro Sport Heritage Society is seeking nominations for their annual awards ceremony in March.
The deadline for nominations is this Friday, Jan. 12.
The Truro Sport Heritage Awards dinner has paid homage to sporting excellence in Colchester County since 1984, and its committee is asking the community to submit nominations as they prepare for the 34th awards ceremony.
“It’s sort of a lifetime-achievement-award moment for a lot of people and it spotlights a lot of athletes both young and old who made outstanding contributions,” said Don Cameron, board member of the Truro Sport Heritage Society.
“We often hear after the fact that people know of an awesome team or player who deserves an award, but didn’t get nominated because they weren’t informed.”
Each year, the committee presents awards for sports excellence in different categories, including awards for athlete of the year, both male and female, for multiple age groups; teams of the year in the junior high, high school and club levels; and coach and volunteer of the year awards.
“We would like to have at least three in each category,” said Cameron.
“Some years we’ve had 10 or more, but it depends on the year and what’s gone on through it. We know we have great athletes, coaches and teams, but we might not know of all of them so we’re dependent on the community to let us know who deserves these awards.”
Nominations can be submitted by going to the Truro Sports Hall of Fame website (trurosportshalloffame.com) and downloading a nomination form, or by getting a physical form from the Marigold Cultural Centre. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 12.
“The definition of sport is wide ranging, so it can be any kind of sport,” said Cameron.
“The awards are annual, so this is something that should be kept in people’s minds year round who are athletes, parents of athletes, coaches or anyone who is involved in sports.”
This year’s dinner is at the Best Western Glengarry on Sunday, March 4, 6-9 p.m., and will feature former CBC broadcaster Bruce Rainnie as emcee for the evening.
“Bruce is an incredible speaker and always shares his experiences being involved with the Olympics and various other incredible athletes,” said Cameron.
“The event is usually a sellout, and we often see around 300 people attend, so it’s a big social event. It’s not just for athletes and families, but also for anyone who has an interest in the sports in the local area, both in terms of youth and older age groups.”