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Sport Unsung Hero

Toseland appeals for unsung hero

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.

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?

This year, World Superbike star James Toseland is fronting the search to find an Unsung Hero of Manx sport.

The double world champion said: "As soon as they told me about the search, I was really excited because it recognises the real stars."

The 30-year-old has been involved with the awards for both his motorcycling achievements as well as performing with his band Crash.

Toseland knows how important unsung heroes are to keeping local sport alive.

"To use the TT as an example, it covers over 37 miles of road, so without marshals, medical staff and other volunteers there would be no racing," he said.

"We're trying to find someone that gives of themselves selflessly and does it under their own steam as well."

The search 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 at the LG Arena in Birmingham on 19 December.

Toseland added: "The awards are extra special because they are based on your personality.

"To be rewarded for your character as well as the dedication that you give to your job is amazing."

Asked who his own Unsung Hero would be, he said: "In my personal career, it would have to be my family.

"They all invested a great deal of time and money to take me to the race tracks and buy the motorcycle and the leathers - it's not a cheap hobby to have."

"So if it was down to me, my mum would be at the top of the list."

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:

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

Swimming teacher named BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2009

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 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.

Please fill out the form below, and post or email as directed, or email to: sportsunsunghero@bbc.co.uk



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