THE search is on again for the borough's sporting champions.
This year's Halton Sports Awards dinner will take place on Thursday, September 20, at Halton Stadium.
We are once more seeking to acclaim those who have raised their game the highest.
As always, we want to hear from families, friends and supporters of those who have brought glory to the town - be it through their achievements either on the sports field or their industry behind the scenes.
We will honour not only those who have won titles but those who have enriched sporting life in the community by coaching, volunteering or mentoring.
These fifth annual awards are again being organised by Halton Sports Partnership, Halton Borough Council and the Weekly News.
Nominations are invited in eight categories by the August 3 closing date.
Forms for each category can be down-loaded at www.haltonsportspartnership.co.uk or by contacting Halton Sports Partnership development officer Julie McFarlane on 0151 907 8300 ext 4155 or at email@example.com
Halton Sports Partnership is a voluntary organisation which acts on behalf of the borough's voluntary sporting sector.
Its main objective is to support the development of local sports clubs, volunteers and coaches by providing an information and advice service.
All awards criteria, including eligibility, is outlined on the nomination papers but the awards are only open to those whose sporting involvement is voluntary and for no current financial gain.
As in previous years, many of the 2007 Halton award winners will represent the borough in the corresponding category of the Merseyside Future Sporting Champions as part of a star-studded gala dinner in Liverpool.
SPORTS CLUB (sponsored by Best Sports) A club providing a comprehensive range of activities for its members and supporting the development of players, coaches and volunteers of all ages and abilities. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT (sponsored by Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News) An individual who has provided an outstanding service to sport in Halton.
SPORTSPERSON (sponsored by Printel UK) Recognising an individual's commitment and achievement in sport.
VOLUNTEER (sponsored by Halton Stadium) An individual who has made a significant contribution to their sport/club/school behind the scenes - eg as chairperson, secretary, treasurer, fundraiser.
YOUNG SPORTSPERSON (sponsored by Halton Housing Trust) Awarded to an individual under 18 years of age (18 on the April 1, 2007) for commitment and achievement. Nominees should have achieved a high standard of performance, eg local, regional or national level.
YOUNG VOLUNTEER (sponsored by Connexions) To go to an individual aged 25 years of age or under (25 on April 1, 2007) for commitment and achievements achieved as a volunteer within local sport.
SCHOOLS OF THE YEAR (sponsorship available - tel Julie McFarlane on 0151 907 8300, ext 4155) A primary and secondary school which has developed a range of opportunities, for boys and girls of all abilities to participate in sport, and has developed or is developing extra-curricular activities and school-to-club links.
COACH OF THE YEAR (sponsorship available - tel Julie McFarlane on 0151 907 8300, ext 4155) Presented to a coach/team manager in recognition of involvement, dedication and achievement in sport.