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BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero 2010

Swimming teacher named BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2009

* N/B The search for the UK's Sports Unsung Hero 2011 will return in the autumn. Return to this page then for a nomination form and full details of the awards.

As part of our 2010 Sports Personality of the Year event, the BBC will once again be looking for a very special person working in sport.

It's our 2010 BBC Sports Unsung Hero award.

Do you know someone who helps others take part in sport within your community?

Someone who goes that extra mile to make a difference to sport?

If so, why not nominate them for the BBC's "Sports Unsung Hero 2010" award?

Now in its eighth year, the award recognises someone who is dedicating their life to promoting sport in their community, taking no reward from it other than the pleasure of helping others to take part and enjoy their sport.

The search for the BBC's Sports Unsung Hero is taking place across the United Kingdom. It will see winners named in all the BBC's 15 Nations and Regions before an overall winner is named at the Sports Personality of the Year event in Birmingham on 19 December.

A judging panel will decide the overall winner. It will be made up of leading figures from the sporting world, a former winner of the unsung hero award and representatives from BBC sport and the BBC's nations and regions.

Nominations must be returned by Friday, 29 October

All 15 BBC regional winners will then be invited to this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year show, where an overall winner will be announced.

What are we looking for?

We want to know about an individual who, on a voluntary basis, makes a real difference to sport within their area. This person will give their time and talents to enable others to participate in sport. This may be in helping an individual, team or teams.

This sport can be at any level.

They must be someone who gains no financial reward for their time.

They must be aged 16 years or over.

Previous winners have included:

Val Hanover, winner in 2006, who trains children with learning difficulties in North Shropshire for the Special Olympics.

Margaret Simons, the 2007 winner. She has run Bardwell Football Club in Oxfordshire since founding it in 1964.

BBC Sports Unsung Hero - Play your part

Ben Geyser, the driving force behind Dorchester Boxing Club. He won the award in 2008.

Doreen Adcock, the 72-year-old swimming instructor who taught more than 13,000 people to swim in Milton Keynes over the last 35 years won the BBC award in 2009.

So if you know someone like Val, Margaret, Ben or Doreen, whose unselfish and hard-working commitment to sport in their communities deserves recognition, click on either of the links below and put them forward.

Nominations must be returned by Friday, 29 October.

see also
BBC Sports Unsung Hero - Terms & Conditions
09 Sep 10 |  Sports Personality
Doreen wins again
25 Aug 10 |  Front Page
Hailing Sports Unsung Heroes
08 Dec 09 |  Sports Personality
Boxing club hero wins Unsung 2008
14 Dec 08 |  Sports Personality

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