Guidance Notes for Nominations

Success in the Awards depends on two factors:

  1. The quality of sporting achievements, coaching or volunteering demonstrated by the nominees, and
  2. The quality of the nomination submission itself.

 

  • The nomination process is straightforward but to do justice to the person you’re nominating, please follow this advice:

    ✓ Check the judging criteria to ensure you're making a nomination in the right category.

    ✓ Follow the golden rule and tell the story about achievements and impact, providing further detail where possible to back this up.

    ✓ Follow the category guidance for what we're looking for.

    ✓ Bring the nomination to life with examples of how the nominee(s) has made a real difference to their sport or environment (club, session, activity, etc), preferably both, with statistics/results and quotes from some of their athletes/club members/organisation representatives.

    ✓ Submit the nomination using one of the following formats:

    • a Nomination Form relevant to the award you are nominating in to (this is available in Word format, or in electronic format on our website.
    • a Video capturing the information required on the Nomination Form.  This can be a BSL or spoken video of the information required
    • an Audio only file capturing a verbal account of the information required on the Nomination Form


    ✓ Include evidence of how the nominated individual (or individuals within a club) has left a legacy, within the sport or national/local environment. This could be through lasting opportunities available to participants or a long-term enhancement to the sport.

     

  • The judging panel can only consider information on the Nomination Form / Nomination Video / Nomination Audio file so please DO NOT include any attachments.
  • Should your application be shortlisted, the Nominator may be required to provide further detail to the nomination at the award panel which will take place on 25th April 2022.

Please note that certain categories are restricted to specific roles or standards of involvement. These are indicated in the criteria.

Where appropriate National Governing Body endorsement should be sought prior to submission.


Category information:

Emerging Athlete of the Year Award

This award recognises the outstanding impact that an emerging athlete has made during 2021-2022 or a season ending in March 2022.

Athletes may be eligible for Paralympic, World, Deaflympic, Intellectual Impairment (Special Olympic and/or Virtus), European and Commonwealth events.  

This category is restricted to athletes who have made a break-through in 2021 which may include by achieving selection to a Welsh or UK National Governing Body squad or team.

The winner of this award will also get the Gareth John[1] Bursary (£1,000 contribution to training or competition costs).

What we’re looking for:

  • Evidence of achievements between 1st January 2021 – 31st March 2022
  • Evidence to demonstrate a potential to achieve future international honours at Commonwealth, European or World level
  • Dedication and commitment to their sport
  •  Evidence from their Welsh/UK National Governing Body of their potential within their sport/s.

For achievements between 1st January 2021 – 31st March 2022

Process for selection from total nominees:

  • Internal Panel will shortlist to six nominees
  • Six nominees will be referred for consideration to the DSW Awards Panel, who will select a category winner and two other finalists
  • The Winner will be announced at the DSW Virtual Awards on Friday 24th June 2022

 

[1] Gareth John sadly passed away in 2019.  He was a long-term supporter and advocate for disability and inclusive sport in Wales, making change through his tireless work, incredibly personable style, consistent perseverance.  He was always a champion for young, developing athletes.  This bursary is made in his memory, and to ensure that the work he did for everyone connected to Disability Sport Wales and the wider sporting landscape continues to be celebrated.


Category information:

Athlete of the Year Award

This award recognises an athletes outstanding achievements and commitment to their sport and their pathway   during 2021 or a season ending in March 2022.

This category is restricted to athletes who have competed at a Paralympic, World, Deaflympic, Special Olympic, INAS, European or Commonwealth Games during 2021 or a season ending in March 2022.

What we’re looking for:

  • Evidence of achievements between 1st January 2021 – 31st March 2022
  • Medal success at International level
  • Commitment to their sport outside of their medal success
  • Evidence from their Welsh/UK National Governing Body of their performance within their sport/s.

Process for selection from total nominees:

  • Internal Panel will shortlist to six nominees
  • Six nominees will be referred for consideration to the DSW Awards Panel, who will select a category winner and two other finalists
  • The Winner will be announced at the DSW Virtual Awards on Friday 24th June 2022

Category information:

insport Award

This award recognises the outstanding achievement of an inclusive Club, Organisation or programme during 2021/22. The organisation will demonstrate commitment to, and growth around the principles of inclusion while working towards one of the insport programmes to increase the opportunities to disabled people.  

What we’re looking for:

  • Examples of where the club/session, organisation or programme has had an illustrated impact on
    • widening access to inclusive sport through its provision  
    • a range of communities of disabled people  
    • its approach to providing opportunities for disabled people 
    • innovative practice which has been shared with others in some format
    • the coaching/volunteering/officiating/support workforce 
    • marketing materials and products, and the wider promotion of opportunities 
  • Evidence of an increase in the number of disabled members within the club/session, organisation or programme 
  • Illustration of the wider impact on the participants and/or performers (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment)  
  • A visible contribution to the community within which the club/session, organisation or programmes exists

Process for selection from total nominees: 

  • Internal Panel will shortlist to six nominees
  • Six nominees will be referred for consideration to the DSW Awards Panel, who will select a category winner and two other finalists
  • The Winner will be announced at the DSW Virtual Awards on Friday 24th June 2022

Category information:

Inspiring My Journey Award

This award recognises the achievements of the nominator but is intended to celebrate the impact significant people have made to the nominators journey to their success. 

The NOMINATOR will need to have been active within their activity/sport from January 2021 to March 2022. 

The Nominator is not the recipient of this award.  The Nominator is the individual who primarily has experience success within their sport or activity, but it is the people that the Nominator identifies (the Nominees) as having played a significant part in their journey and enjoyment of their sport/activity who will be the recipients of this award. 

The award signifies the importance of a progressive, inclusive, person-centred approach and the continuous, dedicated support and time so many invest in others without being recognised through an awards process.  

The Nominator can include up to 5 people who have inspired the nominator to get, be, or stay involved with their activity/sport.  The individuals who have inspired the nominator may have been an inspiration in the past or the present and their involvement is NOT restricted to 2021/22.

 

What we’re looking for:

The Nominator will need to have had:

  • a fantastic year of personal achievements/milestones (might be in tournaments or competitions, or in developing their skills, attendance to sessions, coaching skills/strategies/philosophies, etc)
  • a year where being active or involved with physical activity (including sport) has made a real difference to them as individuals (become healthier, strengthened their mental health, enhanced their self-confidence, found (new) motivation, etc)
     

The Nominees (up to 5 individuals who have inspired the nominator) may have:

  • given up their time to get the nominee involved with activity/sport; they may have done something which has made the difference (provided some equipment, changed attitudes and approaches, gone the extra mile to do something, etc) 
  • been a role model and encouraging the nominee (and others) to take up activity/sport
  • been involved with the organisation of a club or sessions, events or tournaments/competitions which the nominee has been part of
  • demonstrated consistently that they care about inclusion in physical activity (including sport) within the community, education, a National Governing Body, 3rd Sector Organisation, or club
  • been someone who has made a small, but hugely significant, impact on the nominator.  This impact may seem incidental to the nominee, but has been a turning point for the nominator
  • been from
    • education (PE teacher, ALNCo, provided 1:1 support, classroom teacher, lecturer, headteacher, lunchtime assistant, etc)
    • sport (development officer (Local Authority, National Governing Body or other organisation), coach/instructor, volunteer, official, leader, Ambassador, role model, etc),
    • social services (carer/PA, social worker, etc)
    • the family (be a/the parent/guardian, sibling, grandparent, friend, partner, etc)
    • military (colleague, commanding/senior officer, role model, etc)
    • health (doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, audiologist, ophthalmologist, nurse, etc)
    • other area (taxi driver, bus driver, etc)

 

Process for selection from total nominees:

  • Internal Panel will shortlist to six nominees
  • Six nominees will be referred for consideration to the DSW Awards Panel, who will select a category winner and two other finalists
  • The Winner will be announced at the DSW Virtual Awards on Friday 24th June 2022

Category information:

Jim Munkley Lifetime Achievement Award

 

This award is for an individual who has devoted their time to developing or contributing to disability sport in Wales at either a national level or within a community setting over several years.

What we’re looking for:

  • A lifetime’s dedication to improving disability sport in any sporting situation – from coaching, officiating, administration to washing the kit, driving the team bus, preparing refreshments or even organising and maintaining the grounds.
  • They have been instrumental in recruiting other people to help in sport to enable the club or sporting organisation to grow.
  • They have been involved in innovative practice which has made a difference to participation, engagement, performance, coaching, leadership or volunteering in disability sport
  • They have established programmes or legacies which have enabled the sports, organisations, or club’s work to be continued, grow and influence, include and inspire.
  • There is clear evidence of the wider impact the contribution has on the participants/performers they influenced (such as personal development, positive health and wellbeing, educational attainment, access to opportunity, etc)

Nominations should be for volunteers whose work had been most influential in Wales or on Welsh disabled people and their families.  There should be demonstrable and significant successful achievements over several years

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