The shortlist for this year's Orkney Sports Awards have been announced today.
The awards, organised by the Council's Active Schools team and sponsored by The Orcadian, will see 28 individuals and teams compete in nine categories.
This year the Sportsperson of the Year Award is entirely female dominated with Anna Tait, Sarah MacPhail and Hannah Beaven all in contention to pick up the prize as Orkney’s outstanding athlete of 2017.
This year will also seee the addition of a public vote Performance of the Year Award — awarded to an individual, or team, who produced an outstanding sporting performance in 2017. This is will be run as an online poll on The Orcadian website, with the winner announced on the night. The poll is now live, with the public invited to vote for the performance they believe is worthy of special recognition.
Catherine Johnson, from Orkney Islands Council’s Active Schools team, is one of the main organisers. She said: “Once again, the response from the Orkney public has been fantastic with undreds of nominations were received during three weeks in November.
“The Orkney Sports Awards continues to go from strength to strength and this year has been no different. We were delighted to receive such a high number of nominations and, as with previous years, the judges had some really difficult decisions to make.
“Orkney’s sporting scene is diverse and this is reflected in the sheer number of sports involved on the shortlist.
“In previous years, we’ve seen sports such as shooting, pool and darts recognised; this year, there is powerlifting, women’s rugby, kickboxing, equestrian and running, alongside some of the more mainstream sports.
“I am positive that the 2017 Orkney Sports Awards will prove to be another memorable evening, as we celebrate our sporting achievements of the last 12 months.”
The awards take place on Friday January 19 and tickets for the event can be now purchased from The Orcadian Bookshop at £3 each.