6th Annual Sporting Equals British Ethnic Diversity Awards Nominations Announced and Open
The Sporting Equals Awards aim to create a positive impact towards the sport sector, where more role models from diverse communities in various sports are a priority to increase participation.
The award categories include Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year, Inspirational Performance of the Year Award and community awards such as Unsung Hero and Community Sports Project of the Year.
Sporting Equals Chief Executive, Arun Kang said: “This year has been fantastic for sport with a world cup victory for the England cricket team, which diversity had a huge part to play in. We are thrilled to be back hosting these awards for the sixth year, to highlight role models and projects to ensure they receive the accolade they deserve.”
Sporting Equals Ambassador, Christine Ohuruogu MBE said: “I'm very proud of Sporting Equals in organising the sixth annual sports awards to promote the achievements of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in sport. Events like this are vital to increasing diversity in sport and highlighting the talent out there. It is about making young people believe and push themselves to achieve.”
Previous BEDSA winners include England footballer Raheem Sterling, Rugby superstar Maro Itoje, Mo Farah, former heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, gymnast Rebecca Downie and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
The nominations were announced on the 7th January 2020 by CEO of Sporting Equals, Arun Kang live on Sky Sports. World cup cricketer Adil Rashid has been nominated for the sportsman of the year while the wider nominations include a list of diverse stars from the Commonwealth Games and some of Britain's household names. Some of the nominations for Sportswoman of the Year 2020 include Dina Asher-Smith, Caroline Dubouis and Khadija Mellah. For Sportsman of the Year 2020 early favourites look like Joe Fraser, Adil Rashid and Anthony Joshua.
Nominations are now open until 3rd February 2020, to nominate head to: www.bedsa.co.uk/nominate
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