Nominations for the 2018 Isle of Man Sports Awards officially open today (Thursday).

The evening, which will again be held in the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall on Thursday, April 4, will be sponsored for the second year by Microgaming Play It Forward.

Nominations can be made in two ways. Simply cut out the form below, make your nomination(s) and send the form to Isle of Man Sport, National Sports Centre, Grove’s Road, Douglas

Alternatively, email nominations to: [email protected] but remember to give your name and a short round-up of the nominee’s achievements (individual or team) over the past 12 months.

It was a typically busy year for sport in general, beginning with the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast in early April.

Shooter, Tim Kneale, won the Isle of Man’s only medal of the Games when finishing second in the men’s individual double trap, adding a silver medal to go with the bronze he won at the Delhi Games eight years earlier.

Swimmer, Charlotte Atkinson, made two finals in the pool, finishing fifth in the women’s 100m butterfly and fourth at the same discipline over 200 metres.

It was a good year for women’s sport in general. Zoe Gillings-Brier made it to the quarter-finals of the snowboard cross competition in what was her fourth Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

This was a record for a British snowboarder and Zoe’s first since becoming a mother in 2017. She placed fifth in her qualification group to make it into the quarter-finals, only to be edged out of a possible semi-final ride by France’s Nelly Moenne Loccoz when finishing fourth. Overall, Gillings-Brier finished 13th.

British Under-21 Eventing Champion Yasmin Ingham rounded off what was a stellar season for her with 16th place finish in her first 4* competition at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in the foothills of the Pyrenees .