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  • British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2017 Nominees

    The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards have announced their nominees for 2017. The awards ceremony will take place on the 18th March 2017 in London.

    British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards Announce Nominee List

    "We intend to also showcase the wider benefits of sport."

    The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards have announced their nominee list for 2017. The annual awards ceremony will take place on 18th March 2017, at London Hilton Park Lane Hotel.

    The event aims to promote and celebrate sporting achievements in black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

    The list features prominent names from BAME communities, such as Sir Mo Farah and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Lenny Henry, who works tirelessly in championing diversity, will also host the event.

    2017 will see the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards enter its third year.

    The event, organised by Sporting Equals, aims to increase more people in BAME communities participating in sports, where otherwise there has been a low turnout.



    The 2016 Rio Olympics sadly did not feature any British Asian medalists. Even in the popular sport of football, there are only seven British Asian players. But they are not part of any of the Premier League teams.

    The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards hope to change this. Organisers are keen to reinvigorate BAME communities’ passion in sport by creating more role models.

    They hope more ethnic individuals can inspire the next generation. The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards is one example where these inspirational figures are celebrated and awarded for their sporting achievements.

    Sporting Equals CEO, Arun Kang said: “The BEDSAs were created to acknowledge the great contribution already made by BAME communities and celebrate those achievements but also to inspire more people to do sport.

    “This year we intend to also showcase the wider benefits of sport and how sport can help with mental wellbeing and community cohesion.”

    British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards Announce Nominee List

    Therefore, this year’s British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards will see top names up for nominations.

    The Nominees

    The Sportsman of the Year award nominees includes Olympians Sir Mo Farah, Lutalo Muhammad and Mohamed Sbihi. The list also includes England rugby player Maro Itoje.

    Also, Olympians Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams and Sam Quek will go against each other for the Sportswoman of the Year award. Paralympian Kadeena Cox also received a nomination for the award.

    Head coach of Great Britain Cycling Team Para-cycling, Jon Norfolk, appeared pleased with the Kadeena’s nomination. He said: “Kadeena enjoyed a fantastic 2016.”

    “To win gold medals in two different sports was incredible and she is an outstanding example of somebody who has overcome significant adversity to achieve their goals.”

    The BEDSA’s nominations also include several British Asian sporting figures. Kick-boxer Harleen Kaur and cricketer Haseeb Hameed received nominations for the Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year Award.

    Thai kick-boxer Ruqsana Begum and cricketer Azeem Rafiq also go against each other for the UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year Award.

    British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards Announce Nominee List

    Sporting Equals feel excited for the prestigious event to kick off:

    “We are delighted by the quality of our shortlist for the 2017 BEDSA’s 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.”

    Here is the full list of nominees for the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2017:

    Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year Award
    Sir Mo Farah – Athletics
    Mohamed Sbihi – Rowing
    Maro Itoje – Rugby Union
    Lutalo Muhammad – Taekwondo

    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

    Keep updated with the latest news for the 2017 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. Follow them on Twitter and interact using the hashtag #BEDSA2017.

    The 2017 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards will take place on 18th March 2017.

    Sarah is an English and Creative Writing graduate who loves video games, books and looking after her mischievous cat Tyrion. Her motto: "Nothing is impossible," by Audrey Hepburn.

    Images courtesy of BEDSA's Twitter, Harleen Kaur and Rusqana Begum's Facebook pages.


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