THE annual search is on to find the winners of this year's prestigious Cumbria Sports Awards.

Nominations in a host of categories open tomorrow and the event, which will look very different this year, due to Covid-19, has seen organisers Active Cumbria tweak the categories to find those sporting heroes who have supported their members and communities during lockdown.

Organisers want to hear all about those from the sports world who have helped their communities during the pandemic.

It could be a volunteer from a club who has delivered food and medicine supplies, an inspirational coach who has moved their services online to keep connected with their members or an individual from a physical activity or sports club who has helped older members of their community.

Richard Johnston, senior manager at Active Cumbria said: "We know that our sector has really stepped up and helped communities in such an uncertain time, when many clubs and groups have faced huge losses.

"Clubs, coaches, schools and volunteers have done a tremendous amount to help our communities, whether this has been to help people keep active or help deliver food and medicine supplies. We want to hear about these people, those that have gone above and beyond.”

This years categories are coach of the year, volunteer of the year, young volunteer of the year, community club of group of the year, active education award and the be inspired award.

There will be no presentation dinner as in previous years, instead the event host, Mike Zeller, will announce the winners life on BBC Radio Cumbria starting on November 23.

To submit nominations go to