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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.

Nominations for next year’s Belfast Sports Awards will open in January 2018 so keep an eye out the website and social media for more details.

Sports Awards 2017 winners ceremony

Belfast Sports Awards 2017

The winners

Congratulations to our Belfast Sports Awards 2017 winners.

Award  Winner
Pathways to club award Steven Garland
Coach of the year - junior award Peter Mongan
Coach of the year - senior award Peter Brady
Coach of the year – disability award Mary Leonard
Coach of the year - female award FionaMcIlwaine
Healthy lifestyle award St John's GAC
Volunteer of the year award Adekanmi Abayomi and Jahswill Emmanuel of African - Caribbean Sports Forum NI
Junior team of the year
Methodist College Girls 1st XI
Senior team of the year
Linfield Ladies Football Team
Sports personality - junior female award Davicia Patterson
Sports personality - junior male award Jack McMillan
Sports personality - athlete with a disability Katie Morrow
Sports personality- senior female award Breege Connolly
Sports personality - senior male award Patrick Huston
Hall of Fame award

Dr Michael McKillop
Jimmy Nicholl

Categories for the Belfast Sports Awards 2017

Pathway to clubs

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

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

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

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

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 2017.

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.

Belfast Sports Awards video

Watch our sports awards video from the night of the awards.

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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028 9027 0515
Sports Development
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street