The Isle of Man's leading sports stars set for awards

Mark Cavendish and Carolynn Sells Mark Cavendish and Carolynn Sells won the top awards in 2010

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The achievements of the Isle of Man's top sports stars will be recognised on Thursday at the island's Sport Awards at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

Isle of Man Sport chairman Geoff Karran said it would be terrific to have so many of the island's leading stars together to celebrate their success.

"We have such a talented group of nominees, it speaks volumes about the quality of Manx sport," he said.

World and European gymnastic champion Beth Tweddle is the guest of honour at this year's event.

'Extremely impressed'

"I'm really looking forward to being part of the ceremony," she said.

"I been shown around the island's sports facilities and I've been extremely impressed, especially with the support networks that are in place for the athletes over here."

The award ceremony will begin with the gymnast handing out scholarships to 53 Manx athletes, from Manx Sports Aid.

She added: "It is fantastic to see so many talented sportsmen and women starting on their journey and I am delighted to able to be part of it."

The next part of the evening will see two new members enrolled in the Isle of Man's Hall of Fame.

Beth Tweddle World and European gymnastic champion Beth Tweddle will be the guest of honour

The second half of the ceremony will see 10 awards handed out for the top achievers of 2010, culminating in the sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards.

Last year, cyclist Mark Cavendish and motorcyclist, Carolynn Sells were crowned the sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

Cavendish enjoyed huge success in 2009 winning six stages of the Tour de France and the Milan-San Remo title at his first attempt, while Sells became the first female rider in history to win a race on the Mountain Course in the Manx Grand Prix.

Mr Karran added: "It's been a terrific year for Manx sport. We continue to punch well above our weight and long may it continue.

"We've got so many talented young athletes coming through and over 50 will receive Sport's Aid scholarships to help them.

"If we want to develop we have to support our young athletes to compete away and this funding is very important.

"At the other end of the spectrum we will be celebrating a lifetime achievement award, so it will be a really interesting evening," he added.

The Isle of Man's two medallists from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi are both unable to attend the ceremony as they are both competing.

Mark Christian won the island's first bronze medal in the 40km (120 lap) points race at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex , whilst shooter Tim Kneale won a second bronze in the individual double trap.

Isle of Man Sports Awards Nominations 2010

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