Maro Itoje and Chris Eubank Jr nominated for BEDSA award
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 22/02/18 9:30am
Maro Itoje and Chris Eubank Jr are among those nominated at this year's British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).
The awards, organised by the group Sporting Equals, celebrate ethnic diversity in both elite and grassroots sport, including honouring community groups and volunteers who work in sport.
Eubank Jr, who was beaten on points by George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final on Saturday, and Itoje are both in the running for the Sportsman of the Year award. Fellow British boxer Khalid Yafai and Great Britain's Taekwondo star Mahama Cho are also shortlisted.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is up for Young Sports Person of the Year, alongside wheelchair athlete Kare Adenegan and Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith.
Kadeena Cox, who made history by becoming the first British Paralympian to win a gold medal in two different sports since 1984, is nominated for two awards.
She is up for the Inspirational Performance of the Year Award, and joins Ellie Downie, Dina Asher-Smith and Rachel Choong on the Sports Woman of the Year shortlist.
BEDSA Award nominations:
Sportsman of the Year: Chris Eubank Jr, Mahama Cho, Maro Itoje, Khalid Yafai.
Sports Woman of the Year: Kadeena Cox, Ellie Downie, Rachel Choong, Dina Asher-Smith.
Young Sports Person of the Year: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Kare Adenegan, Marcus Smith.
Inspirational Performance of the Year: Enaam Ahmed, Mahama Cho, Kadeena Cox.
Coach of the Year: Gian Singh Cheema, Fayyaz 'Fuzz' Caan, Christian Malcolm.
Unsung Hero: Ronier Deumeni, Saba Nasim, Tarsem Singh.
Community Sports Project of the Year: Muslimah Sports Association, Project Rugby, Singh Sabha Slough.
Connecting Communities Award: Lord Taverners Wicketz Programme, Womens Sports Programme, Active Burngreave & Reach Up Project.
Community Tennis Project: Al Madina, Sunnah Sports, SWAT Slough.