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BBC Sports Personality of the Year: Celtic superfan Jay Beatty to be guest of honour at awards bash

Published 18/12/2015

Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January
Jay Beatty, 11, won Scottish football's goal of the month award in January
Celtic fan Jay Beattie
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards overall winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Aidan O'Reilly/Sunday Life.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th June 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards at the Culloden Hotel Louis Walsh and Jay Beatty
Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill with players Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt and overall Spirit of Northern Ireland winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.
Louis Walsh with Overall Spirit of NI winner Jay Beatty. Pic: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Celtic Superfan Jay Beatty, the Lurgan lad with Downs Syndrome who captured the hearts of thousands with his exploits with the club, is to be a guest of honour at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

The 11-year-old has been especially invited to the awards in Belfast on Sunday, the Lurgan Mail is reporting.

Jay was plucked from the crowd by his hero Georgios Samaras during celebrations of Celtic's league win last year.

He came to prominence when a video of him celebrating a Samaras goal in the World Cup went viral.

He then went on to win Scottish football's goal of the month award in a public vote for a penalty he scored during half-time in Celtic's 2-0 win over Hamilton in January.

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He also recently met Paolo Nutini and spent time with the singer before he performed in Glasgow.

And the Greek nation played tribute to his achievements honouring the Lurgan lad at its Sports Personality of the Year awards. 

The boy's parents set up the organisation Downs & Proud to help educate parents of children with Downs Syndrome.

And in June, Jay was the overall winner at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland awards.

Lizzie Armistead (cycling): Retained World Cup title and won World road race title.
Lizzie Armistead (cycling): Retained World Cup title and won World road race title.
Lucy Bronze (football): Helped England finish third in the Women’s World Cup.
Jessica Ennis-Hill (athletics): Returned to action after having a baby to win the heptathlon at the World Championships.
Mo Farah (athletics): Won World Championship double in China, claiming 5,000m and 10,000m gold medals.
Chris Froome (cycling): Won the Tour de France for the second time with Team Sky.
Tyson Fury (boxing): Pulled off a stunning upset to defeat Wladimir Klitschko and become world heavyweight champion.
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1): Retained his Formula 1 title, becoming a three-time world champion.
Andy Murray (tennis): Inspired Great Britain to its first Davis Cup win in 79 years.
Adam Peaty (swimming): Won the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 4x100m mixed medley relay at the World Championships.
Greg Rutherford (athletics): Won the World long jump title to become only the fifth British athlete to be Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion at the same time.
Kevin Sinfield (Rugby League): Captained Leeds to Super League Grand Final success, securing the treble for the club for the first time.
Max Whitlock (gymnastics): Became the first British male gymnast to win World Championship gold, which he achieved in the pommel horse competition in Glasgow.

His rollercoaster past couple of years is sure to end in style when he rubs shoulders with the biggest names in sport at Sunday's awards bash.

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