AFTER the huge success of last year’s inaugural showpiece, the South Wales Argus Sports Awards are back with a bang.

Chepstow Racecourse is the setting for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, where the great and good of Gwent sport will be recognised.

Newport County AFC manager Michael Flynn walked away from the first South Wales Argus Sports Awards at the Celtic Manor as sports personality of the year.

Others honoured included taekwondo ace Ben Meyrick, the young sports personality of the year, and Bethany Paull, who scooped the disability sports performer of the year gong.

Valleys Gymnastics Academy and Pontypool United RFC were also award winners on the night, as were Elliot Dee and Ben White, Dragons and County players of the year respectively.

And you can now nominate the person, team or club who you think deserves to be acknowledged for their efforts in the world of sport.

The same 14 categories as last year will be contested and nominations can be made at, with a closing date of Monday, March 18.

Award categories

Sports Personality of the Year

Professional Sports Personality of the Year

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Grassroots Sports Personality of the Year

Disability Sports Performer of the Year

Outstanding Services to Sport in Gwent

Senior Team of the Year

Junior Team of the Year

Community Club of the Year

Coach of the Year

Junior Coach of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Newport County AFC Player of the Year

Dragons Player of the Year

“This year’s awards are in association with Chepstow Racing & Events and we are setting out to recognise the true heroes of local sport and to create an event which will be one of the main highlights of the sporting calendar locally,” said Hussain Bayoomi, managing director of the South Wales Argus.

“Local sport is the glue that holds our communities together, providing a foundation for health, fitness and team work. A place to identify sporting stars of the future.

“Recognising and honouring the achievements of the countless outstanding contributions to sport is an honour for the South Wales Argus.

“The South Wales Argus are proud to recognise the outstanding contribution to sport from grassroots to professional level, and it is an honour to showcase this through the South Wales Argus Sports Awards of 2019.”