Sports Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Isle of Man Sport awards are now open.

People are invited to submit their nominations across 12 categories, including Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year, before the January 30 deadline.

The 2021 Awards will take place on Thursday March 31 at the Villa Marina, and nominations can be put forward by any individuals or organisations.

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Sarah Corlett, Chair of Isle of Man Sport said: ‘The Isle of Man Sport Awards are a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of the island’s leading athletes, coaches and teams in another year filled with challenges. We’re very fortunate to have such a talented and supportive sporting community on the Island and it’s great to recognise this.’

Last year Yasmin Ingham and Tom Gandy were crowned Isle of Man sportswoman and sportsman of the year for 2020.

Sir William Hillary

A quick little on this day in history fact. Today marks the 251st anniversary of the birth of Sir William Hillary. Having moved to the Isle of Man, he went on to create the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, now known as the RNLI. He also went on to raise funds for the building of the Tower of Refuge, which was completed in 1832.

Holmes

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been convicted of defrauding investors after a months-long landmark trial in California. Prosecutors said Holmes knowingly lied about technology she said could detect diseases with a few drops of blood. Jurors found Holmes guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud against investors and three charges of wire fraud.

Theranos, at one point valued at $9bn (£6.5bn), was once the darling of biotech and Silicon Valley. Holmes was able to raise more than $900m from billionaires such as Rupert Murdoch and Larry Ellison. The firm promised it would revolutionise the healthcare industry with a test that could detect conditions such as cancer and diabetes with only a few drops of blood. But these claims began to unravel in 2015 after a Wall Street Journal investigation reported that its core blood-testing technology did not work.

Djokovic To Play Down Under

One of the more unusual sports stories of recent weeks has been the vaccination status of Serbian tennis start Novak Djokovic. The world number one, who is also the reigning Australian Open champion, has been granted a medical exemption from having a vaccination in order to allow him to play.

All players and staff at the tournament must be vaccinated or have an exemption granted by an expert independent panel. In announcing his plans to go down under, Djokovic said: ‘I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading down under with an exemption permission.’

Pardons

More people will be eligible for a pardon for historical criminal convictions relating to homosexual activity, the government has said. It means anyone convicted or cautioned for consensual homosexual activity, under now-abolished laws, can apply to have them ‘disregarded’. The convictions would be wiped from record and an automatic pardon given.

Since 2012, people in England and Wales have been able to apply to have historical same-sex sexual cautions and convictions disregarded. And in 2017 so-called ‘Turing’s Law’ was passed – named after the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing who was convicted of gross indecency for homosexual acts. 

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