THE search is on in South Gloucestershire for the next Olympic hero.

Following the success of the London 2012 Olympics, South Gloucestershire Council is looking to find a budding Bradley Wiggins, a future Mo Farrah or another tennis ace like Andy Murray.

The council is looking for nominations for its annual sports awards which recognise the dedication and contribution local people make to sport across the district.

Cllr Claire Young, chairman of the Communities Committee, said: "2012 has been a great year for sporting achievement in Great Britain and we’re really looking forward to celebrating and recognising the local talent we have here in South Gloucestershire.

"The sports awards, now in their 11th year, help to raise the profile of sport and acknowledge the achievements of everyone involved, from local clubs to coaches, the community and our schools. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their achievements then why not nominate them today."

Nominations are open until tomorrow (September 28). Categories include sportsperson of the year, aspiring young sportsperson of the year, aspiring young disabled sportsperson of the year, veteran sportsperson of the year, coach of the year, young coach of the year, club of the year, contribution to inclusive sport award, personal achievement award and community sport award. A special category recognising the biggest contribution to creating an Olympic and Paralympic legacy has also been set up and there will be a James Clifford memorial award, in tribute to former head of marketing at South Gloucestershire Leisure who died after a heart attack at the age of 37.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 8 at the BAWA Club in Filton and will be presented by BBC Radio Bristol sports presenter Geoff Twentyman.

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