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Belfast Sports Awards

Belfast Sports Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of our local sports people. The awards also pay tribute to the efforts of our coaches, volunteers, mentors, teachers and parents who help make Belfast a healthy and active city.

How to nominate

The closing date for nominations was 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.

Categories for the Belfast Sports Awards 2019

Pathway to clubs (sponsored by Everybody Active)

To recognise an individual who has created a sporting pathway from education to club participation. The individual will have played a key role in guiding children and young adults to long term involvement in sport and physical activity.

Coach of the year (sponsored by GLL)

To recognise the contribution of a club coach towards sporting achievement and increasing sporting participation in Belfast with junior, senior, female and disabled athletes. Nominees must hold a recognised sport's Governing Body qualification.

In the case where a coach is significantly involved with more than one group of athletes please select only one group.

Healthy lifestyle (sponsored by Active Belfast)

To recognise the contribution of an individual or group going the extra mile in the promotion of a healthy city. They should have made a positive impact on raising the profile and increasing awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of an active lifestyle.

Volunteer of the year

To recognise the contribution of the unsung heroes of sport. Nominees should be people volunteering within a sports club or community organisation beyond the coaching role. For example, this could include a parent who drives the team to and from matches every week, or someone who is always fundraising to support the club.

Team of the year (sponsored by Decathlon)

To recognise a locally based sports team in a junior and senior category that has achieved significant success within the last 12 months in their sport. Junior team nominees should be competing up to and including U19 level, those competing above this age group should be nominated in the senior category.

Sports personality of the year (sponsored by Commonwealth Games Council)

To recognise the achievements of both junior and senior sporting heroes in the international arena. Athletes should have gained significant honours and success within the last 12 months.

Junior nominees should be under the age of 18 and senior nominees over the age of 18 on 1 January 2019.

Sporting Hall of Fame

To recognise the achievement of Belfast sports people in the international sporting arena. This could include anyone who is a retired athlete or an athlete who is still competing and has achieved significant success in their sport.

2018 winners gallery

City Hall lit up for 2018 Sports Awards

The winners

Congratulations to our Belfast Sports Awards 2018 winners.

Category Winner Club
Pathways to Club Donna Maxwell Belfast Swifts Football Club
Coach of the Year (Senior) Heather Ardis Torque Wheelchair Racing Club & Athletics NI
Coach of the Year (Female) Gail Redmond Glentoran Belfast United Football Club
Coach of the Year (Disability) Phil Robinson Disability Sport NI
Healthy Lifestyle TAMHI Tackling Awareness in Mental Health Issues
Volunteer of the Year Frank Stevens Leander Swimming Club
Sport Personality (Junior Male)
Jack McMillan Bangor Swimming Club
Sport Personality (Junior Male)
Lloyd Andrews Simply Judo
Sport Personality (Senior Male)
Amelia Kane Ards Swimming Club
Sport Personality (Junior Female)
Sean McComb Holy Trinity Boxing Club
Sport Personality (Senior Female
Fionnuala Toner Belfast Ladies Netball Club/Netball NI
Sport Personality (Disability Male) Jack Agnew Torque Wheelchair Racing Club and Athletics NI
Sport Personality (Disability Female)
Claire Sandford All Star Special Olympics Club
Team of the Year (Junior) RDAI 1st XV Rugby Team 2017 Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Team of the Year (Senior) East Belfast Ladies FC East Belfast Ladies Football Club
Hall of Fame Dermot Donnelly Annadale Striders Athletic Club

Jim Baker Cliftonville Bowling Club
  Jackie McKernan Athletics


More info

For more information contact:

Claire Moraghan
Sports Development Officer
Sports Development
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street 

Telephone: 028 9027 0515

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8-10 Linenhall Street