Entries hard to judge

PUBLISHED: 14:17 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

Nick Atkinson

Nick Atkinson

JUDGES of the annual borough sports awards were once again impressed at the high quality of entries this year. A four-strong panel independently assessed each of the nominations against set criteria on the application forms. The judges then met a week bef

JUDGES of the annual borough sports awards were once again impressed at the high quality of entries this year.

A four-strong panel independently assessed each of the nominations against set criteria on the application forms. The judges then met a week before the ceremony itself to discuss the applicants and to decide on the winners of the 10 categories open to the public for nomination.

The panel consisted of two Welwyn Hatfield councillors, a representative from the Herts Sports Partnership and a member of the Welwyn & Hatfield Times sports department.

The WHT has fully supported the awards since their inception four years ago and sports editor and deputy editor Alan Davies was once again one of the judges.

He said: "The WHT is proud to be associated with the borough awards.

"The awards night is a real chance to recognise and reward all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, as well as on the pitches."

Councillor John Dean, the leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, was also on the awards judging panel.

Others on the panel were Cllr Nick Atkinson, Welwyn Hatfield Council's designated sports champion, and Graham Keen, from the Hatfield-based Herts Sports Partnership.

Like the rest of the judges, Cllr Atkinson found choosing a winner a difficult task. He said: "As a judge I found it exciting but a real challenge to decide who should be the winners of the categories as in reality they where all winners.

"The quality of the nominees was again very high, the commitment and effort put into their chosen activities are both astonishing and very humbling."

One complaint, though, was that some forms were not fully filled in.

Cllr Atkinson added: "Just as a request, can the nominators please give us much detail as possible about their chosen nominees, as it is so difficult to judge achievements.

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