This is one award Emma Raducanu will not be winning!Picture: Peter Menzel/WikimediaCommons.

Don’t panic.

Emma Raducanu isn’t going to be stripped of her BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021 crown. Her iconic US Open triumph ended Great Britain’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion and nobody is going to take that or the Beeb’s prize away from her – even if some would have loved diver Tom Daley, second, or third-placed Adam Peaty to have triumphed.

Now that SPOTY is wrapped up, attention can turn to some important gongs that will be dished out locally courtesy of the Your Local Paper Local Hero Awards 2022.

Local Hero Awards 2022 logo.

There are plenty of categories to get your teeth into and some incredible people who will be nominated and honoured. But obviously, like many, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on who is involved in the running for the sportsperson of the year prize.

It, sponsored by Alive West Norfolk, will honour exceptional sportsmen and women who have achieved incredible heights in West Norfolk over the past year. And there’s plenty of those out there – especially some who haven’t yet had the spotlight their efforts and success truly deserve.

“All of us at Your Local Paper are absolutely delighted to be hosting the 2022 Local Hero Awards and are proud to have the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk as our headline sponsor,” said managing director Alan Taylor.

“Now more than ever we need to celebrate those local heroes whose outstanding contributions have led to your nominations.

“2022 is the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War and we are incredibly pleased to announce a true hero, Simon Weston CBE, as the evening’s host. Thank you for taking the time to nominate.”

And that’s all you need to do now to ensure your person, or persons of choice, stand a chance of having their name up in lights. There’s plenty of time to get involved too. 

Entries are allowed until February 18, 2022 so why not fill a little of that so-called free time between now and New Year by crafting your own nomination and giving someone a lovely late Christmas surprise.

There are plenty of names that can be considered – especially when each offering will likely have a personal motive. 

Whether it’s a professional, amateur or up-and-coming youngster, as long as they’re in the district it doesn’t matter. Get their name in, tell us why they should win and we’ll do the rest.

• Visit and click on the ‘Local Hero Awards’ banner on the home page for more details.

Sponsors are key

Terrington Tigers u9s with their sponsor
Sam Loomes, of SL Building Services Norfolk.

Hats off to anyone who sponsors a team or club.

Although it might be best to leave the hat on, given how cold it’s getting. I digress…

So I doff my, erm, cap to Sam Loomes (SL Building Services Norfolk) for sponsoring Terrington Tigers’ u9s.

Sam’s a good egg – I should know, I used to babysit him (he’ll be ecstatic I’ve mentioned that, we won’t mention the Newcastle United bed spread though) – and it’s so thoughtful of him to support manager Jon Dickson, his players and a club that has also played a huge part in my life.

It’s just handy that people like Sam are considerably less tight than I am when it comes to giving something back financially.

Tommy is making a big impact

Back-to-back home wins and I haven’t seen one of them in person.

Like many King’s Lynn Town fans, I’ve seen plenty of defeats in the flesh this season. But for work-related and then pre-Christmas social gathering reasons, I’ve managed to miss two victories on the bounce at The Walks.

It’s not just the successes under Tommy Widdrington that have shown he’s making a big impact with the Linnets. It’s the way they’ve come about – judging by the radio commentary I’ve heard and reports I’ve read – that has lifted my mood the most. 

Some of the fighting spirit that seemed to be missing during the final weeks of Ian Culverhouse’s reign appears to have returned and a couple of triumphs have obviously helped lift morale within the camp.

Some players, such as front man Gold Omotayo, are reaching heights we had not seen so far in a blue and gold shirt. If he can now add goals to his improved all-round performances, we’ll maybe begin to see why he was brought in this summer. 

Omotayo’s burgeoning partnership with the supremely talented Josh Barrett offers hope that the Linnets might make a fist of trying to preserve their National League status after all.

Isn’t it also refreshing to once again see a Lynn manager who likes to communicate with the club’s fans via the press?

It’s part of the job and so far Tommy is doing a really good one.