Nominations are now open for the British Backgammon Awards 2019
Time has flown – it’s been an eventful year and once again we want you to tell us who in the backgammon world has made a real difference to the game. The 2019 Awards cover the period since the start of August 2018 – so it includes the 2018 World Championships, the Clubs Championship, and of course the UK Open! We’ll collate the nominations and voting will happen over the course of August, with the deserving winners being announced at the UK Open. This year we won’t be keeping you waiting on the Sunday morning when you’re all itching to play; the Awards ceremony will move to the Friday evening, following on from the UKBGF AGM. Backgammon wouldn’t be what it is without the tournament directors, the club and league organisers, the unseen helpers, and the players – some of whom may never even have won a trophy but whose presence makes an evening session a highly enjoyable experience.
Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
- British Player of the Year
- International Player of the Year
- Tournament Director of the Year
- Club Organiser of the Year
- Most Significant Contributor to British Backgammon of the Year
- Board Designer of the Year
- Most Courteous Player of the Year
There is also an award which is not voted on; instead the winner is drawn from the UKBGF’s ratings system records over the calendar year since 30th June 2018, and that is:
- Most Improved Player of the Year
To nominate your favourites, simply mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of your nominees and what categories you are nominating them in. While nominating and voting is open to UKBGF members, the person who you’re nominating need not be. Joint nominations are allowed, for example where there are groups of two or three who organise significant events. Please include a brief reason why you’re nominating them and what makes them stand out – it need only be a few words to encourage others to support your nominee! You can even nominate more than one person in each category, although you’ll only be able to vote for one in each category when the time comes. Nominations close at midnight on 28th July 2019. We will announce the shortlists in early August and voting will take place between then and the UK Open. Remember, you must be a UKBGF member to vote.
If you feel there’s someone exceptional who doesn’t fit into any of the above categories, please do also let us know – there is always scope to include an extra award for someone really special.