Voting open as awards countdown gets underway

The 2011 Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Personality of the Year winner, karate champion James Ford Junior. Now the race is on for the 2012 title.

The 2011 Kirkcaldy & Central Fife Sports Personality of the Year winner, karate champion James Ford Junior. Now the race is on for the 2012 title.

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THE countdown is on to the 2012 Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council awards.

The annual awards, run by the sports council and supported by The Fife Free Press, is the largest celebration of amateur sport in Fife, culminating in a glittering ceremony held inside the Adam Smith College atrium in March.

3610061_SSGG chloe dickson '14 year-old Fencer Chloe Dickson newly returned from fencing for Scotland - at home in Glenrothes

3610061_SSGG chloe dickson '14 year-old Fencer Chloe Dickson newly returned from fencing for Scotland - at home in Glenrothes

A shortlist has been produced for the top award, Sports Personality of the Year, with the winner to be decided by a text vote.

This year’s nominees are Scottish darts champion Alan Small, Junior Commonwealth medal-winning fencer Chloe Dickson, British weighlifting champion Stephen Cherrie, and European stock car racing champion Gordon Moodie.

Vote for your favourite now using our text service (details below) and you’ll also be entered into our prize draw for a £50 voucher to spend at top Kirkcaldy High Street sports retailer, ACA Sports.

Nominations are also open for the other eight award categories, the winners of which will be decided by an expert judging panel in the new year.

BUCKHAVEN;'GORDON MOODIE, World champion stock car racer.'Photo : Walter Neilson

BUCKHAVEN;'GORDON MOODIE, World champion stock car racer.'Photo : Walter Neilson

All winners and runners-up will be announced at the awards ceremony in March, where Provost of Fife Jim Leishman is pencilled in as the guest speaker.

Ken White, Kirkcaldy and Central Fife sports council secretary, told the Press: “This is the fifth year of the awards - and we’re pleased that it’s still going as strong as ever.

“We’ve had excellent support from the same sponsors over the first four years, and we’re hoping we can get them all on board again for 2012.

“We received over 500 text votes for last year’s Sports Personality of the Year and it would be great to get a similar response this time around.

KIRKCALDY;'Kirkcaldy man Stephen Cherrie has won Britian's strongest man to qualify for Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger World Championships in Ohio USA in May 2013'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'Kirkcaldy man Stephen Cherrie has won Britian's strongest man to qualify for Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger World Championships in Ohio USA in May 2013'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

“Nominations are also now open for all our other awards and we’re looking for as many entries as possible from a wide variety of sports to give our judges plenty to think about.”

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:

CHLOE DICKSON (fencing)

Chloe, from Markinch, had an outstanding 2012, winning a bronze medal in the Junior Commonwealth Championships held in Jersey for the individal foil. The Glenwood High pupil also claimed a bronze in the U18 Women’s British Youth Foil Championships in Sheffield, and a gold at the Sainsbury’s School Games, held in the Olympic venues in London.

2411029 SSFF alan small 'Kirkcaldy Darts player Alan Small - at Eddy's Bar, Templehall, Kirkcaldy

2411029 SSFF alan small 'Kirkcaldy Darts player Alan Small - at Eddy's Bar, Templehall, Kirkcaldy

TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT 01 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

GORDON MOODIE (stock car racing)

Gordon, from Windygates, is without doubt the most successful Scottish F2 stock car driver having won just about every domestic title the sport has to offer at least once. In 2012 he had one of his greatest successes to date, winning the F2 Stock Car European Championships on top of victory in the English Open Championship.

TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT 02 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

STEPHEN CHERRIE (weightlifting)

Stephen, from Kirkcaldy, powered his way to a British title in 2012. He beat 11 other finalists to become Britain’s Strongman Challenge Champion at the event in Billingham in September. The victory has qualified him for the Arnold Schwarzenegger World Championships, taking place in Ohio, USA, in May next year.

TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT 03 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

ALAN SMALL (darts)

Alan, from Kirkcaldy, lifted a trophy in May that even the late great Jocky Wilson failed to get his hands on. The Craigie Bar player won the Scottish Singles Championship at Bannockburn – a notoriously competitive tournament between 128 of the best darts players in the country. So difficult to win, in fact, that it even eluded former world champion Jocky, who also hailed from Kirkcaldy.

TO VOTE: Text FFP SPORT 04 followed by your name and postcode to 61500

VOTE NOW AND BE ENTERED INTO A PRIZE DRAW TO WIN A £50 VOUCHER TO SPEND AT ACA SPORTS IN KIRKCALDY

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Texts cost 50p plus your standard network rate. Voting closes at 11.00 p.m on Monday, January 21, 2013. Please note if you should enter after the stated closing deadline your entry will not be valid but you still may be charged. For quality and training purposes we may monitor communications. SMS services are provided by Velti DR Ltd SE1 8ND - 02076335000.

NOMINATIONS WANTED:

NOMINATIONS are now being sought for the Kirkcaldy & District Sports Council awards. The top award - Sports Personality of the Year - has been put to the public vote but there are EIGHT more categories up for grabs at this year’s prize ceremony at Adam Smith College in March. Anyone can nominate, so if you are a friend, relative or team mate of someone who deserves some recognition for their sporting achievements in 2012, be sure to put their name forward. You can even nominate yourself!

The award categories are:

JUNIOR AWARD - (under 16 years on Dec 31) - made to an individual who has achieved a consistenly high level of performance over the past year).

YOUTH AWARD - (16 years or over on Jan 1 and under 21 years on Dec 31). Criteria as above.

SENIOR AWARD - (21 years and over on Jan 1) - Criteria as above.

DISABILITY AWARD - made to an individual with a disability who has achieved consistantly high levels of performance over the past year.

COACH OF THE YEAR - recognises the coaching achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance of their club members.

JUNIOR/YOUTH TEAM OF THE YEAR (team members under 21 years on Dec 31) - made to a team who have had a significant achievement in their sport over the past year and have shown consistently high levels of enthusiasm and dedication. The team will also be affiliated to the sports council.

TEAM OF THE YEAR - criteria as above.

SERVICE TO SPORT AWARD - made to an individual (coach, official or administrator) for their voluntary contribution to sport over a lengthy period and by doing so helped to develop sport locally.

TO NOMINATE: Email ffpsport@fifetoday.co.uk with a profile of the person you are nominating, along with a description of achievements over 2012.

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NOTE: To qualify for an award, nominess must live, or be a member of a sports club, within the following areas: Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Leven, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Thornton, Kennoway, Windygates, Markinch, Leslie, Kinglassie, Cluny, Auchtertool.

WEBSITE: www.kcfsportscouncil.co.uk