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Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Barnes leads the way on great night for boxing

Published 11/01/2011

Player of the Year, boxer Paddy Barnes accepts his award from boyhood hero Barry McGuigan.
Player of the Year, boxer Paddy Barnes accepts his award from boyhood hero Barry McGuigan.
Claire McCollum and Pat Jennings.
Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Jackie Fullerton.
Kenny and Marian McDowell with Alan Simpson.
Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor Steven Beacom pictured with Claire McCollum.
Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2010
Radio DJ Alan Simpson (left) pictured with Stephen Graham.
Barry McGuigan chats to Stephen Ferris.
Our Local Heroes award went to Banbridge Academy hockey boys, presented by Brian McCargo of Sport NI to Mark Cordner (left) and Hugh McShane.
Shea McGarrity, captain of Young Team of the Year, Tyrone GAA Minors, with Down legend Sean O’Neill.
Young Player of the Year, athlete Ciara Mageean with Maeve McKeefry of sponsors Linwoods.
Members of the Northern Ireland Netball Team.
Proud mum and dad Marian and Kenny McDowell collect son Graeme's Telegraph award at the Ramada Plaza last night.
Kenny and Marion McDowell receive son Graeme's award from Joanne Hayden (Linwoods) Eamonn McCartan (Sport NI) and Mike Gilson (editor, Belfast Telegraph).
AP McCoy's sister receives the Hall of Fame award from Pat Jennings.
Blackpool and Northern Ireland star Craig Cathcart accepts the George Best Breakthrough award from Nigel Worthington.
Managers of the Year, boxing coaches Stephen Freil and Michael Hawkins, collect award from rugby star Stephen Ferris.
Ulster rugby stalwart Bryn Cunningham took the Special Award, handed over by legend Jack Kyle.
Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Team of the Year are honoured by Sports Minister Nelson McCausland.
Rowing guru Bobby Platt accepts his WJ 'Paddy' Patterson backroom award from Ken Nixon of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum.
Richard Brown, father of Sally Brown, currently in New Zealand collects her Sports Person with a Disability award from John Spottiswoode of Disability Needs.
Disability Needs Ltd Managing Director John Spottiswoode presents Niall McVeigh with the Sportsperson with a Disability Award.
Graeme McDowell displays his Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of 2010 award, announced last night at Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Top girl: Elaine Rice is back in charge of the Ireland netball team

It was a knockout night for boxing at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

In the amateur and professional ranks here, the sport is enjoying one its most successful eras ever and that was underlined by the array of gongs heading its way at last night’s glitzy event — sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport NI.

Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Paddy Barnes was a popular winner of the Player of the Year award having last year picked up gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the European Championships in Moscow.

Of course, Barnes and the rest of Northern Ireland’s boxers were an integral part of the entire Commonwealth Games team and their collective performances in Delhi, which reaped 10 medals, saw them pick up the Team of the Year Award last night.

And the men behind the magic were given their place in the spotlight, too, as Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth Games boxing coaches Stephen Friel and Michael Hawkins shared the Manager of the Year award.

Young Team of the Year went to Tyrone Minors GAA side, who beat Cork to win the All-Ireland Minor title at Croke Park.

Still with teams and an entire school of them picked up the Local Heroes Award as Banbridge Academy’s boys’ hockey teams were rewarded for their fantastic achievement in winning a ‘clean sweep’ of trophies throughout all age groups.

Ciara Mageean’s potential was further acknowledged as the Portaferry athlete won the Young Player of the Year prize.

The George Best Breakthrough Award has seen some winning starlets go on to bigger and better things and Northern Ireland footballer Craig Cathcart was the latest recipient, thanks to his displays in the Premier League in an entertaining Blackpool team this year.

The NI Sports Forum Paddy Patterson award went to Bobby Platt for a lifetime of service to rowing in Northern Ireland, while Ulster rugby hero Bryn Cunningham was given a Special award.

The Sportsperson with a Disability award, sponsored by Disability Needs went to impressive sprinter Sally Brown, a member of Team GB.

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