Coventry and Greater Warwickshire Sport hope that the awards will generate sufficient money to award a number of scholarships to outstanding young performers from the area enabling them to perform at the highest level and to develop themselves to maximise their potential.
Three Warwick student athletes have been shortlisted:
- Emlyn Whitlock (Disabled Sportman of the Year)
- Graham Gristwood (Higher Education/Further Education Award)
- Phil Kennard (Higher Education/Further Education Award)
This is a huge honour for these athletes especially in such a successful sporting area.
Emlyn has recently been selected for the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball team. He plays in the National League for Stratford and regularly has to travel 400 miles round trip to compete.
Graham recently won the 'Sportsman of the Year Award' at Sports Fed Ball for his Orienteering success, which, in 2005 include 14th in the Orienteering World Cup Sprint Distance, 33rd in the Orienteering World Cup Middle Distance, 22nd in the British Orienteering Championships Sprint Distance, 2nd in the British Orienteering Championships Middle Distance and 3rd in the British Universities Championships. He was also a 'World Class Performer Scholar' for the 2004/05 academic year.
Phil recently won the 'Sportsman of the Year Award' at Sports Fed Ball for his sailing success. Phil is ranked 2nd in Great Britain and 43rd in the world. He recently won the Gold medal and is the British Senior 49er Sailing Champion. He won the B.U.S.A. Silver medal in 2004/05, is a member of the British Olympic Squad for 2008 Games in Beijing, the British team for the 2005 European Championships in Copenhagen and the British Team for the 2005 World Championships in Moscow. He was also a 'T.A.S.S. Scholar' for the 2004/05 academic year.
You can vote for your choice of winner at http://www.gwsport.org.uk/awards/vote.html
The poll is open until 28 October.
The area and county has a large number of successful sports clubs and people - a Championship football team, top class rugby club, the number one ice hockey team in the country, high quality cricket and golf plus numerous individuals competing at international standard.
Large numbers of volunteers help to deliver sport in coaching and administration and thousands of young performers who may be tomorrows world champions need recognition now to help them develop.