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Race is on for Belfast Sports Awards 2019 nominations

17 Jan 2019
The race is on to get your nominations in for Belfast City Council’s Belfast Sports Awards 2019.

 

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey was joined by athletes from across Belfast in City Hall today (Thursday 17 January), to officially open the nomination process.

 

Celebrating its 12th year, the Belfast Sports Awards shines a spotlight on the amazing achievements of local athletes and the hard work and dedication of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes creating the success and facilitating the opportunities for participation in local grass roots sport to the highest levels of competition.

 

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey is encouraging everyone to get nominating. She said:
“2018 proved to be a bumper year of sporting success for many of our local athletes and coaches. We collected 12 medals from the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, Ireland won the rugby Grand Slam and claimed an historic first win on home soil over the mighty All Blacks. The Northern Ireland Netballers qualified for the World Cup and who could forget the heroics of our Women’s Hockey Team at the Hockey World Cup in England, reaching the final.

 

“The Belfast Sports Awards 2019 not only aims to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in sport and physical activity from grassroots right up to the highest levels, but it wants to shine a light on the great volunteering work and coaching that takes place right across the city.

 

“So I’m encouraging everyone to take a few minutes to make a difference to your sporting hero’s life, to recognise the hours coaches and athletes spend developing their craft and that of others, by being role models and helping improve the health and fitness of our city.

 

“So get nominating your sporting idols and I look forward to what promises to be a brilliant night of celebration in City Hall in March.”

 

Previous winners at the Belfast Sports Awards include Dame Mary Peters, Carl Frampton, Dr. Michael McKillop, Wayne McCullough, David Humphries and George Best (posthumously).

 

This year, there will be 13 awards presented in total across seven categories. Those categories include Pathway to clubs, Healthy lifestyle sponsored by Active Belfast, Coach of the year sponsored by GLL, , Team of the year sponsored by Decathlon, Sports personality of the year sponsored by Commonwealth Games Council, Volunteer of the year and Sporting Hall of Fame sponsored by Belfast City Council.

 

The closing date for nominations is Monday 18 February 2019 at 4pm. Those shortlisted will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 22 March 2019 at Belfast City Hall.

 

An online nomination form and more information is available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/sportsawards.
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey is joined by Rachel Campbell, Chiara Rivers and Abbie O’Neill of the Abbey Gymnastics Club, James Brunton of NI Karate – Do Wado-Kai and Belfast Golfer Keaton Morrison, a recipient of Belfast City Council’ Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey is joined by James Brunton of NI Karate – Do Wado-Kai and Belfast Golfer Keaton Morrison, a recipient of Belfast City Council’s Support for Sport Grant at the launch of the Belfast Sports Awards 2019. James Brunton of NI Karate – Do Wado-Kai at the launch of the Belfast Sports Awards 2019 The Belfast Sports Awards 2019 will take place on Friday 22 March 2019 at Belfast City Hall.