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Unsung Hero award for 'flying doctor' tragically killed at road racing event

By Lesley Houston

Published 18/12/2015

Dr John Hinds’ mother Josephine, his partner Janet Atcheson and fellow flying doctor Fred MacSorley collect a BBC Sport NI Unsung Hero Award for the medic who died earlier this year
Dr John Hinds’ mother Josephine, his partner Janet Atcheson and fellow flying doctor Fred MacSorley collect a BBC Sport NI Unsung Hero Award for the medic who died earlier this year

The late Dr John Hinds, once described as an unsung hero for his dedication to helping road racing casualties, has been officially honoured for his quiet heroism.

The inspiring 35-year-old intensive care consultant and anaesthetist from Northern Ireland died in July during a motorcycle event in the Republic of Ireland.

Yesterday, Dr Hinds was named as a BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero.

The Tandragee man's partner, Dr Janet Acheson, his mother Josephine Hinds and Dr Fred McSorley - one of Dr Hinds' two-man team of 'flying doctors' - accepted the posthumous award, conferred in recognition of his volunteering work in sport.

Dr Hinds, who tirelessly drove the campaign to bring a dedicated air ambulance to Northern Ireland, was first described as "an unsung hero" just hours after his death by Irish rider Maria Costello.

She also said he was a "true gentleman" who had given "so much to this sport, saved so many lives".

Yesterday Dr Acheson paid tribute to the selfless doctor and motorbike fan, and those who worked by his side.

"In John's typical but unassuming way, we accept this for John but also for the volunteer teams that he was part of," she said.

"I think this award is as much theirs as it is ours and his."

The doctor died after being involved in an accident while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session, one of many races he regularly manned, including the North West 200.

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