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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.

Belfast Sports Awards 2020 - Sporting Hall of Fame Competition

We would like your help in selecting the Belfast Sporting Hall of Fame recipient for our Belfast Sports Awards 2020. 

In less than 500 words explain why your nominee deserves to be inducted into our Sporting Hall of Fame alongside previous recipients such as George Best, Dame Mary Peters and Paralympian Michael McKillop. Entries should be emailed to leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk

All suggestions will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to the coveted awards ceremony in City Hall on 20 March.

How to nominate

The closing date for nominations is Monday 17 February 2020 at 12 noon.

Those shortlisted will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 20 March 2020 at Belfast City Hall.

Categories for the Belfast Sports Awards 2020

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 (sponsored by Clubforce)

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.

How to nominate

The closing date for nominations is Monday 17 February 2020 at 12 noon.

Belfast Sports Awards 2019 - winners

The Sports Awards ceremony took place on Friday 22 March 2019 at Belfast City Hall.

Congratulations to our Belfast Sports Awards 2019 winners.

Category Sponsored by  Winner Club
Pathways to Club Active Belfast  Danielle McDowell  Crusaders Strikers Academy
Coach of the Year (Senior) GLL  Simon Flannery Flight Gymnastics Academy
Coach of the Year (Female) GLL   Danielle Hegarty St. Louise's College
Coach of the Year (Disability) GLL  Simon McFarland Windsor Lawn Tennis Club
Coach of the Year (Junior)  GLL  Laura Vernon   St. Malachy's Old Boys FC 
Special Recognition Award    Dean McComb  Active Communities Network 
Healthy Lifestyle Active Belfast  WISPA NI  
Volunteer of the Year (two award winners) Belfast City Council Brian Kirker
22nd Old Boys FC 
    Tim Craig  New Forge Taggers 
Sport Personality (Junior Male)
Commonwealth Games  Jon McConnell Holy Trinity Boxing Club
Sport Personality (Junior Female)
Commonwealth Games  Amelia Kane Ards Swimming Club
Sport Personality (Senior Male)
Commonwealth Games  Brendan Irvine St. Paul's Boxing Club
Sport Personality (Senior Female
Commonwealth Games  Kirsty Hegarty Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association
Sport Personality (Disability Male) Commonwealth Games  James McSorley Belfast Nights / Sheffield Steelers
Sport Personality (Disability Female)
Commonwealth Games  Christine Erdis All Stars Special Olympics
Team of the Year (Junior) Decathlon  Ulster Canoe Polo U18s

Team of the Year (Senior) Decathlon  Pegasus Hockey Club
Hall of Fame Belfast City Council
Hugh Russell
Boxing

  Sandra Bailie Bowls
    Sammy McIlroy Football

Photo gallery

View the award winners from the night on our gallery.

Belfast Sports Awards 2019

More info

For more information contact:

Sports Development Officer
Sports Development
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BP

Telephone: 028 9027 0515
Email: leisure@belfastcity.gov.uk


Contact us
Sports development
028 9027 0515
Sports Development
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP