I note that the nomination forms for the Royal Club's 'Scottish Curling Awards' can be downloaded from the RCCC website here. The idea is that anyone can nominate a name or names for each award up to Friday May 9. Then a short list will be produced by May 14, and then we will be able to vote before the awards are presented at the Gala Dinner on June 14.
All very democratic and I think a great improvement on previous years when 'nominations' and 'votes' were considered to be the same thing.
I've noted the categories below, but the one I'd like to encourage nominations for is that sponsored by Clyde and Forth Press, the parent of the Scottish Curler magazine. It's the Ice Diamonds award. This Award is for a volunteer or group of volunteers who have contributed to the development and promotion of the sport. The winner of this award represent the 'unsung heroes' of curling who make things happen behind the scenes.
Curling Team of the Year - Sponsored by Star Refrigeration
This award will go to the team who is consider to have made the most significant contribution to the sport of curling during the 2007-2008 season. Supporting evidence will be considered when deciding on the winner of this award.
Coach of the Year - Sponsored by Curling Supplies
This award will go to the coach who is considered to have made the most significant contribution to a team during the 2007-2008 season.
Young Curler of the Year - sponsored by McMillan Hotels
Young players are the lifeblood of curling in Scotland. If you have spotted a young individual star or a team of them, please tell us. This award will go to the young curler who attracts the most votes and supporting evidence for his or her performances throughout the 2007-2008 season.
Ice Rink Manager of the Year
Ice rink managers of curling are involved with various aspects of the sport. This award will go to the Ice Rink Manager who attracts the most votes and supporting evidence for his or her performances through the 2007-2008 curling season.
Ice Maker of the Year (Curling Rink) - Sponsored by Kays of Scotland
The unsung hero of the ice rink is often the Ice Maker. Subject to quiet abuse when the ice is less than perfect and seldom complimented when the ice is excellent. This award will be presented to the Ice Maker who continually produces good quality ice in a rink whose main purpose is for curling over the 2007 – 2008 season.
Ice Maker of the Year (Ice Rink) - Sponsored by Kays of Scotland
This award will be presented to the ice maker who continually produces good quality ice in a rink which was used for various reasons including curling during the 2007 - 2008 season.
Writer/Journalist/Photographer of the Year
This award may be presented to the journalist/writer/enthusiast whom the members consider has provided excellent coverage either nationally or regionally, via newspapers, magazines, internet, videos or television. Alternatively, an individual who has produced a memorable piece of publicity throughout the season. This category will also consider photos as a means of conveying a message.
Margaret Withycombe and Anne Airey, who headed the team which organised the successful world wheelchair qualifying competition at Braehead last year, were the inaugural winners of the Ice Diamonds Award in 2007. The photo above by Hugh Stewart, shows Scottish Curler depute editor Christine Stewart (centre) with Anne (left) and Margaret (right).
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