Nitin Ganatra, also known as, Masood from Eastenders will be hosting the awards;
"It gives me great pleasure to open the voting for the first ever black and minority ethnic sports awards, known as the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards or BEDSAs. Sport plays an incredibly important part in our national life and I was honoured when the BEDSA organisers approached me to host the awards at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 21st February 2015.
Many black and minority ethnic stars have now become household names thanks to events like the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Who can forget Nicola Adams winning a Gold medal at Glasgow Commonwealth Games or Adam Gemili coming second in the 100m final? But the BEDSAs are not just about celebrating elite sporting achievement. They are also about recognising participation at a grass roots level and the people who behind the scenes have made it possible for sports stars to compete at the highest level.
"There are 10 categories in the awards from Young Sports Person of the Year to Lifetime Achievement and we would welcome votes in each of them. So please go to www.bedsa.co.uk to find out more about each nominee. I look forward to announcing the winners at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 21st February 2015".
To register you vote click here http://www.bedsa.co.uk/vote/4588074688
The three deserving nominations for Unsung Hero Award are:
Khayrul Alam - Bangladesh Football Association
Khayrul has been a trustee of Bangladeshi Football Association (BFA) since 1999. His dedication and commitment to grassroots football and to developing young people in Tower Hamlets cannot be matched and any recognition will be deserved given his time given for the community.
He was one of the founder members of Sporting Bengal and was the manager of the team for 2 years from 2003-2005. Khayrul also founded the Sports Network Council (SNC), a local charity. He helped organise the first youth league in Tower Hamlets and helped it grow to five age groups with 40 member teams.
Khayrul is humble and not one to boast his achievements and has quietly gone about his role serving the community.
Lincoln Dokwani - Kettering Volleyball Club
Lincoln was vital to re-establishing the Kettering Volleyball Club and setting up a youth system to increase participation and identify talent. Lincoln works at St Mary's Hospital and Youth Works CIC, as well as having his own family but still finds the time and commitment to run Kettering Volleyball Club voluntarily every week.
Lincoln helped organise training sessions at the National Volleyball Centre and supported individuals to represent at national and regional level. Lincoln also volunteers at local schools to help young people take part and is a qualified referee supporting local league matches to international tournaments.
He is also the trustee of Volleyball England Foundation, a small charity that helps raise funds to support young players with financial difficulties and is a committed, reliable volunteer and ambassador to Volleyball.
Maryam Amatullah - Breeze Cycling
Maryam's journey into cycling started with her desire for her daughter to enjoy the outdoors. However, Maryam felt 'odd' when cycling due her wearing the Hijab. Maryam continued promoting bike rides to all backgrounds and becoming a Breeze Champion for British Cycling's pioneering women's programme.
Maryam is also a qualified cycle leader working with women across Leicester who usually would not take part to start considering to get on a bike. Maryam uses her example to inspire others and voices the need for provision for Muslim women and regularly delivers fantastic Breeze rides.
In addition to all this, Maryam regularly delivers adult cycling training and supports British Cycling bike parks programme. Despite facing challenges from her own community, Maryam has remained undeterred and attributed cycling to changing her life and is quietly providing same opportunities for others in her community.
Details of all the nominations are below;
|The Youth Sports Trust
Young Sports Person of the Year
|Enaam Ahmed||0871 204 024 1|
|The County Sports Partnership Network
|Khayrul Alam||0871 204 024 2|
Coach of the Year
|Chris Powell||0871 204 024 3|
Behind the Scenes Award
|Annie Zaidi||0871 204 024 4|
|Dr Kamran Ahmed|
|The Sport England
Community Sports Project
|Huggy’s ABC Gym||0871 204 024 5|
|One World Sport|
|The UK Sport
Inspirational Performance of the Year
|Ali Jawad||0871 204 024 6|
|Sportswoman of the Year||Margaret Alphonsi||0871 204 024 7|
Sportsman of the Year
|Adam Gemili||0871 204 024 8|
Lifetime Achievement Award
|The Lifetime Achievement award honours someone who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime. There is no vote. It is in the gift of the Judging Panel to choose the winner|
|The England Athletics
Special Recognition Award
|The Special Recognition Award honours an individual who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime. There is no vote. It is in the gift of the sponsor to choose the winner.|