VOTING in the Borders Sport and Leisure Celebration of Sport Awards sponsored by GB Telecom closes on February 28th and local people are being urged to make sure they have their say before its too late.

Several of the Award winners will be decided by public vote and amongst the shortlisted contenders are Galashiels jockey Ryan Mania, ruby legend Chris Paterson and Galashiels Rugby Football Club.

Both the record-breaking international rugby star and aspiring jockey have been shortlisted in the Sports Personality of the Year Category alongside the final nominee for this Award, show jumper Scott Brash.

Galashiels RFC has been selected in the Team of the Year category and faces competition for the title from Peebles Netball Club and the Borders Elite Swim Team.

The GB Telecom Borders Sport & Leisure celebration of Sport Awards features a total of ten categories. An expert judging panel will select the winners of seven awards whilst the other three will be decided by public vote.

The other category open for public vote is Inspirational Performance of the Year and the shortlisted nominees are Libby Clegg, Callum Airlie and Scott Brash.

All of the winners will be revealed at a special evening ceremony at the MacDonald Cardrona Hotel on Friday March 1st. The event will be hosted by renowned BBC TV presenter and sports journalist Alison Walker. Tickets to attend the event cost �30.00 each and can be purchased by contacting Borders Sport & Leisure on 01896 756 274. The ticket includes drinks on arrival and sumptuous dinner followed by the Awards ceremony.

To vote in the Awards call 01750 432 002.