Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards

Last night I attended the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards in the Ramada Hotel.  It was a great night with a great array of sporting talent, including some sportsmen and women from earlier days, such as rally driver Paddy Hopkirk and rugby international Jack Kyle, who is now 85. 

The winners were:
Sports Star of the Year - Graeme McDowell [golf]
Hall of Fame - Tony McCoy [horse racing]
Player of the Year - Paddy Barnes [boxing]
Young Player of the Year - Ciara Mageean [athletics]
Team of the Year - Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team
Young Team of the Year - Tyrone Minors [GAA]
Manager/coach of the Year - Stephen Friel and Michael Hawkins [boxing]
Paddy Patterson Award (lifetime service) - Bobby Platt [rowing]
Local Heroes - Banbridge Academy boys hockey team
George Best Breakthrough Award - Craig Cathcart [football]
Special Award - Bryn Cunningham [rugby]

I presented the team award to the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team, who did so well for us in Delhi - 10 medals, 13th out of 71 countries and most improved country.

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