All eyes on AP McCoy as family gather for awards night
Published 22/01/2014 | 16:00
It was a family affair for AP McCoy as his proud relatives watched on as he picked up yet another coveted award.
The champion jump jockey may have been surrounded by Northern Ireland's sporting royalty but the biggest smiles were etched on the faces of his nearest and dearest who gathered to see him crowned the Belfast Telegraph's Sports Star of the Year.
On Monday night, 500 guests gathered to applaud the vast array of sporting talent in the country at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast – hosted by sports commentating legend Jackie Fullerton.
Fighting off fierce competition from the likes of boxer Carl Frampton, motorcyclist Michael Dunlop and footballer Liam Boyce – the Moneyglass man pipped them to the post to take home the top title.
As the record breaker walked to collect his award, among his jubilant family cheering him on was his mother Claire, brother Colm and sisters Kelly, Trina, Ann-Marie – all still McCoys, and married sibling Roisin Shivers.
Speaking earlier, Roisin, who owns a hairdressing salon in Moneyglass, attributed her legendary brother's success down to his determination and his strong family network.
She said: "He's just an ordinary, hardworking fella and he has a very good family network supporting him to do what he does.
"He has also had a bit of luck, but he's totally dedicated and obsessed with racing.
"He dreamed of becoming a jockey the same way my kids dream about being footballers, but we never thought it would materialise as it has.
"But he's realistic, too, and success hasn't changed him one bit," she added.
"Fatherhood has changed him more. Most of our chats now are all about the kids."