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Suzanne Verdi and Walter Dimmack

Nominate your unsung sporting hero

The search is on to find BBC Midlands Sports’ Unsung Hero for 2005.


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

If so, we want you to nominate them for the BBC Midlands' Unsung Hero award.

Last year's Midlands winner was Walter Dimmack from Wolverhampton. For the last 40 years he's been enthusing, encouraging and educating both young and old to swim.

A lifetime of devotion

Walter Dimmack - Unsung Hero 2004
Walter Dimmack - Unsung Hero 2004

Walter has devoted his life to helping others overcome their fear of water.

He beat off the challenge of hundreds of other candidates to take the top honour. His reward was an invitation to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards night at Television Centre in London.

Now it's time to find this year’s Unsung Hero.

We are looking for people who give up their time on a voluntary basis to ensure someone else gets the chance to take part in the sport they love.

Whether it’s washing the kit, making the sandwiches, providing transport or the actual coaching … we are asking for you to nominate someone you think is an Unsung Hero.

To qualify

They must give their time and talents to enable others to participate in the sport in question.

This may be in helping an individual, group, team or teams in any sport, and at any level.

They must be aged 16 years or over.

Attending the Sports Awards

Nick Owen of BBC Midlands Today
Nick Owen at the Sports Awards 2004

Five nominees will be chosen by a panel of judges.

These finalists will be invited to attend the BBC Midlands Sports Awards 2005 at the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull, on Sunday 4th December, when the winner will be announced.

The search for Sport's Unsung Hero is also taking place across the United Kingdom.

There will be 14 winners in total  from across the UK.

All winners will be invited to the prestigious Sports Review of the Year show, televised on BBC One on Sunday 11th December, where an overall Unsung Hero will be announced.

Get nominating

Download the form to nominate your Unsung Hero, print it off, and send it in - that's all there is to it! The closing date for nominations is Friday 28th October 2005.

Download the form to nominate your Unsung Sporting Hero.
Nomination form >

last updated: 04/10/05
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