World record holder and gold medal winning athlete Steve Backley is the latest in a line of top sports stars to present the annual Burnley Community Sports Awards.
The annual celebration of local sports talent will be held on Thursday 18th July at Burnley Mechanics Theatre.
The awards recognise the contribution and achievements of the borough’s individuals, teams, clubs and organisations across a number of categories.
Nominations for this year’s finalists have opened and will run until 30th April. To nominate visit www.burnleyleisure.co.uk/sports-awards or contact Michelle Grimes on 01282 477167.
The awards are run by Burnley Leisure in partnership with Burnley Council.
Organisers are also keen to hear from anyone willing to sponsor one or more of the award categories.
Michelle Grimes, of Burnley Leisure, said: “Once again we are thrilled to have secured an inspirational sport-person to host this year’s event which allows us to recognise and reward all the hard work local people and clubs dedicate to sport and physical activity in the town.
“We encourage people to nominate anyone they feel deserves recognition for their contribution to local sport and physical activity.”
Councillor John Harbour, the council’s executive member for housing and leisure, said: “Burnley Community Sports Awards are a wonderful way of recognising the efforts and achievements of the borough’s sports stars, young and old, and the people and organisations that support them.
“We want to encourage as many people as possible, particularly younger people, to take up sport and activity, go out there and simply have a great time. Noteveryone can be as successful as Steve Backley but that’s not the point; the aim is to get more people more active and have a great time.”
After achieving seven gold medals, three world records, two Olympic silver medals and one bronze, Steve finally hung up his javelin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.