BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero 2012

Bobby Platt and Alan Campbell

Which Unsung Hero in Northern deserves recognition? Amid the stunning year of sport so far, the BBC has launched the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero Award, to celebrate people working behind the scenes to make sport accessible to all.

The spirit of volunteering has been seen across the UK throughout 2012, with the Olympic and Paralympic Games bringing thousands of volunteer 'Games Makers' to the fore, while also highlighting the fantastic work done by other people around the country who generously give their time and effort.

And BBC Northern Ireland is once again looking for some very special people working in sport.

Do you know someone who goes that extra mile and helps others take part in sport within your community?

If so, why not nominate them for a BBC's Sports Unsung Hero award in Northern Ireland?

Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell has launched this year's search, paying tribute to Bobby Platt, his rowing coach at Coleraine Inst and the recipient of the award in 2009.

"One such hero, unsung for many years but now recognised through the BBC Unsung Hero award in 2009 and the New Year Honours list is Bobby Platt MBE.

"He was my first rowing coach at school. As a volunteer he instilled a passion and a belief in me for the sport of rowing which has grown over the last 16 years.

"I have since had the opportunity to pursue my sport to the highest level surpassing any expectations I had when I first started out.

"I have been afforded the luxury to be selfish and live my dream though the dedication, help and selfless acts of not just Bobby but all the unsung heroes.

"It is now time for me and all of us to recognise the people that make a difference."

The BBC's Unsung Hero awards have run annually since 2003. They recognise special people who dedicate their lives to promoting sport in their community, taking no reward from it other than the pleasure of helping others to participate and enjoy their sport.

The Northern Ireland Unsung Hero winner will be chosen by an expert panel and announced in early December.

He or she will then compete against the winners from all 12 BBC English Regions plus Scotland and Wales for the overall winner who will be announced on the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year programme in December, live on BBC ONE.

The winner of the BBC Northern Ireland Unsung Hero Award 2011 was Sean McGoldrick of Coleraine GAA club Eoghan Rua.

The Belfast native was instrumental in transforming the fortunes of Eoghan Rua, dedicating 25 years of his life, all in a voluntary capacity, to his beloved club.

What are we looking for?

We want to know about someone who, on a voluntary basis, makes a real difference to sport within their area. They'll give their time and talents to enable others to participate in sport. This may be in helping an individual, team or teams, or perhaps be the driving force behind a sports club. This sport can be at any level. However they must be someone who gains no financial reward for their time, and must be 16 year of age or over.

How are the awards run?

Following nominations from members of the public using the attached nomination form, judging panels decide each of the 15 winners. In each case they are made up of leading figures from the sporting world, a former winner of the Sports Unsung Hero award and representatives from BBC's sport staff and BBC staff locally.

All 15 nations and regions BBC winners are then invited to this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year show where an overall winner will be announced.

So if you know someone like Bobby Platt or Sean McGoldrick, whose unselfish and hard-working commitment to sport in their communities deserves recognition, please click on the link below to open up a nomination form.

Please download this form and post or email as directed.

Nomination forms must be returned by by 11.59pm on Monday 29th October 2012.

Full terms and conditions.