Sussex Sports Awards

Published: 27 September 2018

 Sussex Sports Awards

Sussex Sports Awards needs your nominations!

Nominations for the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 are now open, and will close at 12pm on Friday 19 October 2018.

The black-tie event, in its 16th year, is one of the most prestigious evenings in the Sussex sporting calendar, and this year returns to The Grand Hotel in Brighton, on Friday 23 November.

The impressive event, hosted by Active Sussex, is the chance to celebrate all the great and good that Sussex sport has to offer, and the achievements made by both the county’s elite athletes and those at grassroot levels.

This year’s theme is simply Believe: Achieve - celebrating those that have dreamt big, and had the passion, determination and belief to achieve their dreams.

And renowned for his exploits on the ski slope and dogged 'never say die' attitude, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, will star as co-host alongside BBC DJ Danny Pike.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ embodies the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 theme - with an ambitious dream to become the first British Ski Jumper to compete at the Olympic Games for 60 years. Many doubted him, but he never doubted himself, and in 1988 he achieved his dream and charmed the world at the Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Edwards became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the 70 m and 90 m events. He also became the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing, and a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over six buses. Since then, Eddie has even had his own biopic blockbuster movie made, charting his journey which featured Hollywood A-lister, Hugh Jackman.

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex CEO, highlighted the vital role the awards play in celebrating and promoting sporting achievement throughout Sussex.

“The awards are really important to help us spread the word about the amazing sporting community on our doorsteps; it recognises those people who take part and help make sport happen but also highlights to local residents what they can be a part of.” Sadie said.

Sussex Sports Awards 2018 categories are:

· Create Development Active Primary School of the Year

· Club of the Year

· Coach of the Year

· The Grand Hotel Community Impact Award

· University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

· Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

· Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

· Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year

· BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award

· Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

· Young Volunteer of the Year

· Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year

The Sussex Sports Awards provides a spectacular and memorable night for all involved and is a fantastic celebration of Sussex sporting dedication and achievement.

To Nominate for the Sussex Sports Awards 2018 go to:

And for full category information, criteria and nomination guidelines go to:

Tickets are also on sale for the event here:

To view videos from last year’s Sussex Sports Awards go to:

And for more information please contact Active Sussex Events Officer - Ed Bartram: E: or T: 01273 644103.