CRICKET coach Trevor Griffin has urged people to nominate candidates for this year's Express & Echo Sports Awards, saying it is important the hard work of volunteers and coaches is recognised.
Griffin won the outstanding contribution to sport award at last year's inaugural event and said he could not stop grinning after picking up the accolade.
He won the award for the Chance to Shine programme he ran throughout Devon encouraging boys, girls and people with disabilities to get involved in cricket.
Griffin said he did not do the work for recognition, but it was a nice bonus that it had been noticed.
"I'm sure, like myself, the other people don't do it for the recognition but it is certainly nice to be told what you are doing is making a difference," said Griffin.
"It is important that we have this fantastic awards evening to be able to recognise the people that put in the effort.
"To be able to meet other people that had been nominated and the winners and to share in the celebration in what was a very professional, high-class evening, I found very special."
Griffin was delighted to win the award as he felt the people he was up against in the outstanding contribution section had also done a lot to merit them winning the trophy.
The shortlist also included Exiles FC secretary Les Coates, Devon under-18s female footballer Bow Jackson and Paul Wilson, chairman of Exeter Rowing Club.
"I couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear, but I was surprised because listening to the other nominations there were other worthy winners as well," he said. "I felt very honoured that people took the time to nominate me and that the panel felt that I would be a worthy winner."
Griffin also added that the outstanding contribution to sport accolade he received has helped him get more people interested in cricket.
"We have been able to publicise more about the work that we do with schools and clubs and to engage more people into asking about the different types of programmes that are available," he said.
The closing date for nominations for this year's Express & Echo Sports Awards is January 22.
The 10 categories include sports personality, amateur sports personality, young sports personality, coach of the year, lifetime achievement award, sports teacher, disabled sports personality, business contribution to sport and 2012 Olympic contribution.
For more details of each award and to nominate someone, visit the event website www.exetersportsawards.co.uk.
The awards ceremony will be held on February 26 at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter.