At the beginning of the week, Severn Sport proudly announced it’s first annual West Sports Personality of the Year award, with the winner to be announced LIVE on the Wednesday 13 December episode of the Severn Sport Night In.
Voting is now open and will remain open throughout day and including the show this evening, with the polls closing at 20:30 and the winner announced before the end of the show.
You have been sending in your nominations thick and fast and we’ve collated the following list of nominees to go along with the Severn Sport Team’s personal picks (three in total – one for each of us).
The nominees for the 2017 West Sports Personality of the Year award are…
Susie Appleby (Rugby Union – Gloucester-Hartpury Women)
Appleby is the head coach at Gloucester-Hartpury and has been the cornerstone of an exciting 2017 for the club. As the club was winning the league in the 2016/17 season it was announced that Gloucester-Hartpury would play in the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s season. This saw an overhaul of the way in which the club is run and now they are flourishing even more than before.
Christian Doidge (Football – Forest Green Rovers)
Doidge is nominated after he and his club had a wonderful 2017. Doidge joined Rovers at the start of the 2016/17 season and was a focal point in Forest Green’s play off final win, coming off the bench to score on the day. This campaign he has netted 11 times in the league, averaging a goal every 170 minutes as he tries to fire Forest Green to as high a finish as possible in their first season in League Two.
Akeem Ennis-Brown (Boxing)
Ennis-Brown makes the shortlist after taking the professional boxing world by storm! He has fought all over the country this year, including becoming the English Super Lightweight Champion at the Stadium Of Light in Sunderland. At only 21 years of age he has signed to MTK Global, the same management company that boasts Tyson Fury on their books, and the future is looking bright for Gloucester’s finest.
Macaulay Herbert (Football – Tuffley Rovers)
Herbert is nominated for his loyalty as well as his level of performance. After rejecting a couple of high profile moves in the summer, Herbert pledged his future to Tuffley and hasn’t looked back. Herbert has become one of the most feared and respected centre backs in the Hellenic League and has appeared in the Severn Sport Team of The Month along the way. Always committed in his performances, Herbert is a credit to the club bearing the name of where he grew up.
Michael Klinger (Cricket – Gloucestershire CC)
Klinger is the only international nominee on the list. The Australian batsman first came to the county in 2013 and has been the one day captain at Gloucestershire since. The 2017 season was a difficult one for the county, with Gloucestershire struggling in the T20 Blast as well as in the Royal London Cup. Gloucestershire failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament but Klinger was the glue that kept a transitional squad competitive throughout.
Jack Lisowski (Snooker)
Lisowski makes the list after his best year to date on the professional tour. His 2017/18 season got off to the best possible start with Lisowski defeating Mark Allen to qualify for the Riga Masters, a tournament he reached the 3rd round in. Lisowski would qualify for the International Championships this summer before he played his way to the quarter-finals of the English Open & the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. His future is bright and we are excited to follow it on Severn Sport.
Mark Moore (Football – Longlevens AFC)
Moore is nominated for his incredible start to life as Longlevens First Team Manager. The 2017/18 season has seen his ‘Levens side match their longest run in the FA Cup and also saw them make history by winning not just their first ever FA Vase game, but Moore took them to the 1st Round proper for the first time in their history. With a squad playing for no money, Moore has instilled a high level of morale and quality in his side and should be recognised as such.
Ross Moriarty (Rugby Union – Gloucester Rugby)
Moriarty has been nominated mainly for his performances for the Cherry & Whites at the back end of the 2016/17 season. His performances saw recognition for both Wales and also for the British & Irish Lions as Moriarty was included in the tour of New Zealand this summer. In recent weeks he has struggled with injuries and has agreed to leave Gloucester at the end of the season, but he is a player whose influence cannot be taken lightly.
Luke Thomas (Football – Derby County)
Although not plying his trade in the West anymore, Thomas spent an exciting period on loan at Gloucester City from January to April where he set the National League North alight with his flair and pace. The former Cheltenham Town winger has been in scintillating form for Derby County Under 23s, culminating in his Championship debut last month against Leeds United and should he continue his development at his current trajectory, there is no telling what his limit is.
Iestyn Rees (Wrestling)
Rees, who is born and bred in Gloucester, has had a sensational 2017. Known in the ring as The Alpha Male, he has wrestled some of the biggest names in wrestling for some of the biggest promotions in the UK. Rees was invited to a try out for the WWE in their recent November tour and has continued to wave the flag for the South West as well as the UK in and out of the ring – a true professional.
Freddy Ward (Football – Slimbridge AFC)
Ward is one of the most respected managers in the Southern League West division, as well as across the region. Achieving what he did at Slimbridge last season – surviving relegation when they had no right to – turned heads and made people take note of his managerial ability. A promising start to this season has dipped away recently, but Ward has assembled an exciting squad with a good blend of youth and experience that has turned in some good performances as of late without necessarily getting their just reward.
Tom Webb (Football – Gloucester City)
Our final nominee has just surpassed a monumental milestone: his 700th appearance for Gloucester City. Webb is often described as a legend, but there really are no superlatives to put into context the magnitude of what he has achieved at Gloucester. Despite an uncertain period at the club recently, Webb has remained and will no doubt continue to proudly represent his city until he goes out on his terms.
Voting is now CLOSED – but you can listen LIVE as we reveal the winner of the inaugural Severn Sport West Sports Personality of the Year.