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Standard sky high in battle for Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year sportswoman category

By Frank Brownlow

There are many outstanding candidates in the Sportswoman of the Year category in the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards.

Skier Kelly Gallagher, who is visually impaired, is gearing up for the Winter Paralympics in Sochi after three gold medals at this month's World Cup in Canada, following four medals at last month's World Championships.

Paralympic gold medallist Bethany Firth – winner of last year's Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year in Sport Award – collected three silvers at the Paralympic World Championships in Canada.

Triathlete Aileen Reid is operating at world class level building towards Rio 2016, while Karola Bejenaru continues to rise up the world junior tennis rankings.

Handball player Niamh Coleman won an amazing four world titles in singles and doubles in the 15 and under age group.

The Ireland rugby team that won an historic Grand Slam in 2013 had a strong Ulster influence, local players including Ashleigh Baxter, Larissa Muldoon, Stacey-Lea Kennedy, Amy Davis, Grace Davitt and Lauren Day.

Those are just a few suggestions. Tell us, in 200 words, how a particular sportswoman has shown passion and drive. Nominations – the deadline is noon today – to womanoftheyear@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Your entry should include your daytime contact details as well as those of your nominee.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on February 27 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. For further info www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/woty

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