Search for sporting stars launched

Organisers of the West Oxfordshire Sports Awards are urging clubs and individuals to highlight their stars for well-deserved recognition.

The 2019 Awards have been launched and nominations are being sought for the best coach, club and unsung hero in the District.

The District Council is looking for evidence of outstanding commitment and achievement from individuals as well the overall contribution of clubs to athletes’ success.

Last year’s awards were dominated by the Witney & District Swimming Club which was unveiled as the Club of the Year with Head Coach, Chantal Clavaud, taking the Coach of the Year honour.

Chantal said: “I love the sport and have been a swimmer since I was 10 years old. We spend a lot of time together as a team and this award recognised the hours we put in and the time away from home.”

Success has followed the awards with the club picking up the Chiltern League trophy for the first time since 2007. It has also been promoted to Division 1 in the National Arena League for 2019, a position it last occupied in 2003.

Those shortlisted will be invited to the annual Sports Awards evening on Thursday 6June at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney.

The Sports Awards are run annually by West Oxfordshire District Council in partnership with the GLL Sport Foundation and recognise the contribution and commitment of individuals and the achievements of clubs.

Martin Holland, Leisure Services Manager at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have some highly successful clubs and individuals in West Oxfordshire and this is a chance for them to be recognised as well as being an opportunity to unearth the next generation of outstanding talent.

“We want to hear from as many people and clubs as possible so we can highlight sporting success across the District and beyond.”

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website and should be sent to  The deadline is Friday 17 May.


West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB