Sports fans are being invited to submit their nominations for the annual Isle of Man Sports Awards.
In total, there will be 12 categories, including sportsman and sportswoman of the year, and all nominees must be Manx or lived on the Isle of Man for at least two years.
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Villa Marina in Douglas on 28 February. The awards are being staged three weeks earlier than normal to enable more athletes who are based off-Island to take part and tickets will go on sale in the New Year.
The categories are:
- Sportsman of the Year
- Sportswoman of the Year
- IOM Sports Ambassador
- Under-21 Sportsman of the Year
- Under-21 Sportswoman of the Year
- Disability Sportsperson of the Year
- Veteran Sportsperson of the Year
- Sports Administrator of the Year
- Sports Coach of the Year
- Sports Team of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement
- The Leonie Cooil Courage & Inspiration Award
Sarah Corlett, Isle of Man Sport’s Executive Chairman, said:
‘The annual awards ceremony is a fitting way to celebrate the many achievements of the island's athletes and those many people who get involved through coaching, officiating, organising and participating, over another action-packed year. We're very fortunate to have such a talented and supportive sporting community and the awards not only recognise those competing but those that help them to achieve.’
Julie Edge MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:
‘This is very exciting time and I am confident that the achievements, dedication and commitment shown by our athletes, teams, volunteers, coaches and officials will make shortlisting a difficult job.
‘It was fabulous to see so many Manx athletes performing at such a high level this year, and in many cases, taking on the World’s best.’
Last year TT star Conor Cummins and equestrian rider Yasmin Ingham took the top honours.