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Belfast Sports Awards

  • Belfast Sports Awards

    Coronavirus update

    In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), Belfast Sports Awards ceremony has been postponed.

    We will contact all those shortlisted and keep the situation under review.

    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.

  • Winners 2020

    The nominees and winners will be officially announced on Twitter on 28 August at @BelfastCC

  • 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 and Sports Medicine NI)

    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.

  • 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
  • More information

    For more information contact:

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

    Telephone: 028 9027 0515

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9027 0344

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

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