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Curler Eve Muirhead launches Scots Unsung Hero bid

Scotland's unsung hero search

Scots curler Eve Muirhead has urged everyone to nominate their BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2010 in Scotland.

Muirhead captained Great Britain at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and won silver at the World Women's Curling Championship, also in Canada.

The award honours individuals from the world of grassroots sport.

"I'm proud to be asked to be Scotland's ambassador," said Muirhead. "There's so many unsung heroes out there, it's really important they get recognised."

She added: "These people put up so much time to help youngsters get into their sport and develop them to be champions, world champions and Olympic champions."

"I think about who helped me, who put me first on to the ice, who helps me nowadays, who takes me to lessons, who coaches me, who comes on to the ice with me.

"There was no-one else that I could relate to better than my dad, because he first started me off.

Eve Muirhead
Muirhead captained Scotland at the 2010 Winter Olympics

"My dad was the person who got me up and going. He coaches me a lot, and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be in the position I am today."

Now in its eighth year, the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award recognises and rewards outstanding contribution by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport.

Across the UK everyone is invited to nominate people who have made a difference to their community through sport.

A winner is chosen in each BBC English Region and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Wales Unsung Hero winner will be announced on Monday 6 December.

Each winner then gets the chance to join the sporting stars of today at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 at Birmingham's LG Arena in December, where the overall BBC Sports Unsung Hero winner is announced.

Nominations should be made for people who go the extra mile to change the lives of others through sport and who deserve to be recognised for their selfless work on the part of others.

Nominees should be people who, on a voluntary basis, prepare facilities, roll the pitch, coach the juniors, run local sports leagues or work behind the scenes so that sport can be played and enjoyed by people throughout the UK.

Once the nomination process has been completed, a shortlist of nominees in each area is chosen by a panel made up of BBC regional sports staff, local sporting figures and other independent community figures, with a winner being picked by that judging panel.

Last year's overall winner for Scotland was golf coach Willie McNair who was honoured for helping hundreds of young golfers in Fife over the last three decades.

McNair, 74, a former electrical engineer, has devoted his free time to help youngsters come through the ranks at Saline Golf Club for the past 34 years.

How to make a nomination

If you know someone who deserves to be a Sports Unsung Hero, please complete the following form:

Nomination form (Word document)

Send the completed form before the closing date of midnight on Friday 29 October 2010 to:

BBC Sport Scotland
Sports Unsung Hero 2010,
BBC Scotland
40 Pacific Quay,
G51 1DA

To enter, you must ensure all the sections are filled in. Any nomination that does not include details of the nominee cannot be accepted.

Your nominee must be informed and have agreed to being entered. Nominees may be asked to appear on BBC TV and/or radio.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decision.

The competition complies with the BBC's Code of Conduct on Competitions and Voting. For full Terms and Conditions, click here.

see also
Golf coach is Scots' Unsung Hero
06 Dec 09 |  Scotland
BBC Sports Unsung Hero - Terms & Conditions
09 Sep 10 |  Sports Personality

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