Hey Guys,

Just looking to inform as many people as possible about our search for our 2009 Athlete of the Year. You may nominate as many people as possible via our website- here is the link http://competemag.com/aoty
Here is our press release:

In its third year of publication, Compete, The Gay Sports Magazine, will begin accepting applications for its 2009 Athlete of the Year.
“We decided to move the announcement date to later in the year to accommodate participants in this year’s Copenhagen Outgames,” says Eric Carlyle, Co-Publisher and CEO. "We’re very proud to have been the first publication to name a GLBT Athlete of the Year and we look forward to continuing the tradition."
Compete Magazine’s Athlete of the Year will be selected based on commitment to personal achievement, active participation in an individual or team sport, commitment to supporting/encouraging others in sports and commitment to the GLBT sporting community and/or GLBT community.
Compete encourages all GLBT athletes or fans to nominate themselves and/or any deserving GLBT individual. Nominations can be made by anyone at http://competemag.com/aoty. Nominations will be accepted beginning September (date) through October (date). Nominees are encouraged to submit a 250-500 word essay describing the importance of sports in his/her life and at least one letter of reference. Photos, short introduction DVDs (no more than two minutes), and video submissions are also acceptable.

Finalists will be submitted to a panel of celebrity judges consisting of 2008 Athlete of the Year Jeff Kagan, HGTV Design Star Winner and host of Color Splash David Bromstad, race car driver Evan Darling, Phoenix Mercury Assistant Coach and Former WNBA Athlete Bridget Pettis, and three-time X-Games Gold Medalist Sarah Burke. Compete, The Gay Sports Magazine’s 2009 Athlete of the Year will receive airfare to Puerto Rico (from the continental US) and will stay at the Desires Hotel at San Juan Water & Beach Club and will be featured in the December 2009 issue.
Compete, The Gay Sports Magazine’s 2009 Athlete of the Year is sponsored by Orbitz and Desires Hotel at San Juan Water & Beach Club.

Compete provides the most comprehensive global sports information to, and for, the gay community. We promote both the importance of sports to the gay community and the gay community to sports. We connect and inspire our readers to get involved and participate in sports as athletes and fans.