On March 18th 2017 Sir Lenny Henry will host the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) event in London, recognising and celebrating sporting excellence within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
This year's judges include former England defender Sol Campbell, Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher and international athletes Vanessa Daobry and Jason Gardner MBE. Following the Judges Panel decisions earlier this month the final shortlist has been released. Award categories include Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year, Coach of the Year, Community Sports Project of the Year and an Inspirational Performance of the Year Award.
The four-time Olympic champion Farah will go head-to-head with England second row forward Maro Itoje, Olympic Taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad and two-time Olympic rower and gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics Mohamed Sbihi, for the coveted Sportsman of the Year award.
The finalists for Sportswoman of the Year award feature London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams, the two-time Olympic boxing champion, Rio Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox and Olympic Hockey Gold medallist Sam Quek.
Sporting Equals Chairman and three-time judo Olympian Densign White said: "We are delighted by the quality of our shortlist for the 2017 BEDSAs and looking forward to celebrating all that is good in BAME sport at the Hilton Park Lane with Sir Lenny Henry and our esteemed sporting guests."
Previous BEDSA winners include former hept-athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis, gymnast Rebecca Downie, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and former boxer Frank Bruno.
The Shortlist includes;
Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person
Alice Tai – Para Swimming
Harleen Kaur – WMKF Kick Boxing
Haseeb Hameed – Cricket
The British Army Unsung Hero
Ezdihar Abdulmula – Bradford
Inderpal Singh Cheema – London
Kwesi Edubatey – Luton
England Athletics Coach of the Year
Chris Hughton – Football
Ottis Gibson – Cricket
Sunil Birdy – Boccia
UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year
Azeem Rafiq – Cricket
Kadeena Cox MBE – Para Cycling and Athletics
Ruqsana Begum – Muay Thai Kick Boxing
Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year
Leicestershire CCC Community Engagement – Leicester
Sport 4 Life – Birmingham
Spring Sports, Leisure and Recreation – Nottingham
Mind Wellbeing Award
Jewel Miah MBE – Oldham
Manisha Tailor MBE – London
Sonia Smith – London
Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award
Al Madina - London
Indian Gymkhana + Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy – London
Interfaith Games – Regional
Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill – Heptathlon
Kadenna Cox MBE – Para Cycling and Athletics
Nicola Adams OBE – Boxing
Sam Quek MBE – Hockey
Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year
Lutalo Muhammad – Taekwando
Maro Itoje – Rugby Union
Mohamed Sbihi MBE – Rowing
Sir Mo Farah – Athletics
The following category has been chosen by the judging panel:
· Lifetime Achievement
The following categories will be chosen by the Award sponsor:
· Football Association Special Recognition
· Tennis Foundation Special Recognition
Further information is available throught BEDSA http://bedsa.co.uk/
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