Sir Mo Farah & Dame Jessica Ennis Hill: Lead Nominees Short List BEDSAs 2017

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Sir Mo Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill lead an impressive shortlist at the 3rd Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.

Sir Mo Farah, the 2 time double Olympic gold medalist for 5000 and 10000 metres, leads an impressive group of sportsmen and women nominated for the third Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).

The awards, which are now in their third year, are organised by Sporting Equals, the national partner of Sport England and advisors to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Sponsored by Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator, the Awards are leading the way in recognising and celebrating sporting excellence within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Sir Mo will go to “head to head” with Saracens and England second row forward, Maro Itoje, Olympic Taekwondo silver medalist, Lutalo Muhamad and two time Olympic rower and gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics, Mohamed Sbihi, for the coveted Sportsman of the Year award.

Commenting on his first ever nomination at the Lycamobile BEDSAs Mo Farah said, “I am proud to be nominated alongside a great group of sportsmen and women in what was an amazing year for British sport.”

Densign White, Sporting Equals Chairman and three time judo Olympian, commenting on this year’s awards said “We are delighted by the quality of our shortlist for the 2017 BEDSAs and looking forward to celebrating all that is good in BAME sport at the Hilton Park Lane with Sir Lenny Henry and our esteemed sporting guests.”

The finalists for Sportswoman of the Year award feature London 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams, the 2 time Olympic boxing champion, Kadeena Cox, the Rio Paralympic gold medalist and Olympic Hockey Gold medalist and recent “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” contestant, Sam Quek.

Allirajah Subaskaran, Chairman of Lycamobile said: “I would like to congratulate all those shortlisted for this year’s BEDSAs. This list of nominees represents an impressive collection

of Black, Asian and minority ethnic sportsmen and women, all of whom deserve celebrating for their substantial contribution to sporting excellence in the UK.”

The Lycamobile BEDSAs are supported by Sport England, UK Sport, The Tennis Foundation, Youth Sport Trust, England Athletics, The Armed Forces, Mind and Spirit of 2012.

The award categories are as follows:

Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year Award
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year Award
Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person of the Year Award
UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year Award
England Athletics Coach of the Year Award
The Unsung Hero Award in association with the Armed Forces
Tennis Foundation Special Recognition Award
Mind Wellbeing Award
Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award
Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s judges include former Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Sol frank-brunoCampbell, former Olympic athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardner MBE, Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher, UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl, Leicestershire County Cricket Club CEO Wasim Khan MBE, Paralympic shot putter Vanessa Daobry and Channel 4 Paralympics host, Ade Adepitan MBE.

The elite 2016 shortlists include the following.

Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year Award
Sir Mo Farah – Athletics
Mohamed Sbihi – Rowing
Maro Itoje – Rugby Union
Lutalo Muhammad – Taekwando
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Nicola Adams – Boxing
Kadeena Cox – Para Cycling and Athletics
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill – Heptathlon

Sam Quek – Hockey

England Athletics  Coach of the Year Award
Chris Hughton – Football
Ottis Gibson – Cricket
Sunil Birdy – Boccia

Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year Award
Haseeb Hameed – Cricket
Harleen Kaur – WMKF Kick Boxing
Alice Tai – Para Swimming

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year Award
Kadeena Cox – Para Cycling and Athletics
Ruqsana Begum – Muay Thai Kick Boxing
Azeem Rafiq – Cricket

Previous winners of the Lycamobile BEDSAs include Denise Lewis, Lewis Hamilton,  Dame Jessica Ennis Hill, Moeen Ali and Frank Bruno.

Sir Lenny Henry will host the 3rd Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel on Saturday March 18th.

For latest news on the upcoming awards and to get involved follow @BEDSAofficial and #BEDSA2017

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