So, that’s it. The Olympics is over for another four years (although we can’t wait for the Paralympics to get started) – and once again this unique sporting spectacle has lived up to its name as ‘the greatest show on earth’.

We’ve seen tears, triumphs and tantrums; stars have been born and legends have been made; records broken, personal battles overcome and age-old rivalries reignited. Sport has quite literally changed lives for the better – just ask any of the Refugee Olympic Team.

Of course, all of the above can apply as much to the sports clubs across our region as it did to the multi-million pound sporting venues of Rio. You don’t have to be an elite Olympian to enjoy sport, show dedication to your game or to stand out from the crowd – and that is exactly why the West Midlands Community Sports Awards were created, celebrating grassroots sport.

While the likes of Adam Peaty (swimmer from Uttoxeter), Joe Clarke (kayaker from Stafford) and Alex Gregory (rower from Wormington, near Evesham) were doing the Midlands – and the nation – proud over in Brazil, we know that thousands of others were doing themselves proud back on home turf. And this includes a whole generation of aspiring sports stars who hope to follow in the footsteps of their Team GB heroes, inspired by another record-breaking 67 medal haul.

Through the Aspiring Talent Award, sponsored by University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport), we want to recognise young sportsmen and women (including disability athletes/players) from across the region that have excelled in their chosen sport and shown themselves to be a positive role model for others.

Whether they have achieved success at regional, national or international level, we need you to nominate the stars of tomorrow. So if you know the next superstar swimmer from Staffordshire or a young rower making waves on the rivers of Worcestershire, then make sure you nominate them for their local County Sports Partnership (CSP) Awards. Simply follow this link to find out more information. Winners from each local CSP will then be shortlisted to receive a ‘golden ticket’ into the West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park on November 30th.

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