Leicester Mercury Sports Awards 2012: Event set to be a night to remember
It has been a sporting year that no-one will ever forget.
The sponsors and organisers of the 2012 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards are determined the night of honours will be a memorable event, too.
Champions (UK) Plc will be the event's headline sponsors for a second year, as well as organising the ceremony at Leicester Tigers' Welford Road stadium in January.
It will celebrate the sporting year across the country, which saw county athletes featuring on the Olympic and Paralympic stage in London.
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The aim is to celebrate Leicestershire's outstanding sporting talent, from elite to amateur and junior level.
Amelia Benskin, senior manager at Costock's events management company Champions, said the company was "really pleased" to be involved again. She said: "Last year's awards night was an amazing occasion, demonstrating the importance of sport in communities.
"The awards also offer an opportunity to celebrate individual and team success that unite whole communities and provide inspiration for young people.
"I know the awards are going to be another amazing celebration of our most inspirational sporting heroes from the county.
"For us personally, 2012 has been a sporting year we will never forget and what better way to continue that amazing legacy than by celebrating the best sports stars from right here in Leicestershire?"
The Sports Awards, which will be launched later this month for a 16th year and take place on January 17, have already secured a high level of support from sponsors in the business world.
Amelia said: "It's an excellent opportunity to highlight the links between sport and business."
David Simms, Leicester Mercury Publisher, welcomed Champions' continued support.
He said: "Champions have made a massive impact on the Leicestershire business scene over the past few years," he said. "The business has seen its turnover soar by £9.12 million between 2008 and 2011 making it the fastest-growing business in Leicestershire over that period.
"We are looking forward to working once again with Amelia and the team on what we believe will be another truly magnificent event."
Snooker star Mark Selby was named the Mercury's Sportsman of the Year for 2011, athlete Gemma Steel taking the Sportswoman honours. Leicestershire Foxes were honoured as the Team of the Year, while the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award went to former Leicester City and Leicestershire CCC star Graham Cross.