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By Frank Brownlow

Ireland cricketer Gary Wilson and top bowler Sandra Bailie have been honoured at the Belfast Sports Awards in the City Hall.

Wilson and Bailie were named as Male and Female Personality of the Year at last night's dinner hosted by Lord Mayor Arder Carson.

Wilson recently won his 200th international cap and played for Ireland in the World Twenty20 in India.

Sandra took gold in the triples at the 2015 Atlantic Rim Championships in Cyprus and is also Irish Pairs and Triples champion for the sixth consecutive year.

Chair of the Mary Peters Trust Eilish Rutherford - who was a leading player for the Ulster hockey team - and three times Irish Masters bowls winner David Corkhill were inducted into the Belfast Hall of Fame.

The same honour was awarded posthumously to former Antrim and St Paul's hurling coach Jim Nelson.

Former top weightlifter and founder member of St Gabriel's Weightlifting Club, Ronnie Whiteway (70), received a Special Lord Mayor's Award.

Other winners on the night included: Healthy Lifestyle, 'On Yer Bike', a project from Cedar Lodge to assist those with disabilities to ride a bike; Volunteer of the Year, husband-and-wife duo Danny and Maureen Treacy from Rosario Football Club; and Junior and Senior Team of the Year, Civil Service Cricket Club under 15s and Cathal Brugha water polo team.

Junior winners included golfer Keaton Morrison and Chloe Watson, the first Northern Ireland player to win a World Indoor Bowls title, in the Under 25 Singles. Watson is also a multi Irish title-winner.

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