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  • Belfast Sports Awards 2023

    Nominations are open for the Belfast Sports Awards 2023. There are 13 awards across seven categories. Our awards will recognise the sporting achievements of local athletes at all levels. We also want to recognise the dedication and commitment of coaches and volunteers whose work supports athletes and clubs.

    The award categories are:

    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.

    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.

    Coach of the Year

    To recognise the contribution of a club coach towards sporting achievement and increasing sporting participation in Belfast. Nominees must hold a recognised sport’s Governing Body qualification.

    Coach of the Year categories include:

    • ​​Junior coach - nominee must be under 18
    • Senior coach
    • Female coach - nominee must be female
    • Disability coach
    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. Above this level should be nominated in the senior category.

    Team of the Year categories include:

    • Junior team of the year - competing at level under 19s and younger
    • Senior team of the year
    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 should be 18 and over on 1 January 2020.

    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.

    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.

    Eligibility for a Belfast Sports Award

    To be eligible for an award nomination, a nominee can either live within the Belfast City Council area or belong to a Belfast-based sports club or sports organisation.

    Send a nomination to Belfast Sports Awards

    You can nominate online:

    Nominate a sports personality, coach, volunteer or team for an award 

    Closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Friday 10 February 2023. Our awards ceremony will take place in City Hall on Friday 10 March.

  • Belfast Sports Award winners in 2020

    We announced sports award winners for 2020 on Friday 28 August.

    Category Winner Club Sponsor
    Volunteer of the Year Lawson Cochrane Willowfield Harriers Clubforce
    Healthy Lifestyle Hanwood Centre  - Active Belfast
    Pathways to Clubs Oliver Pollock
    Alison McMullan
    Cumann Spoirt an Phobail
    Abbey Gymnastics
    Active Belfast
    Junior Coach of the Year Olivia McKee 22nd Old Boys and Ladies FC GLL
    Senior Coach of the Year  Michael Hawkins Holy Trinity Boxing Club GLL
    Female Coach of the Year Lynn Hanna Short Cathal Brugha Water Polo Club GLL
    Disability Coach of the Year Jane Mounsey CIYMS Tennis Club GLL
    Junior Team of the Year - Glentoran FC Under 14s Decathlon
    Senior Team of the Year - Linfield Ladies FC Decathlon
    Junior Sports Personality of the Year male Matthew Cheung
    Martin-Brady McCulloiugh

    Ulster Badminton

    Glenn ABC

    Sports Medicine NI
    Junior Sports Personality of the Year female Amelia Kane Ards ASC Sports Medicine NI
    Senior Sports Personality of the Year male Paul Pollock Annadale Striders Commonwealth Games NI
    Senior Sports Personality of the Year female Emma Magee Westside Netball Club  Commonwealth Games NI
    Disability Sports Personality of the Year Brian Lenehan Disability Sport NI Commonwealth Games NI
    Hall of Fame Fionna Shannon
    David Calvert
    Gerry Armstrong
  • Belfast Sports Awards winners in 2019

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

    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 on Belfast Sports Awards

    For more information, contact:

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

    Telephone: 028 9027 0515

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