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Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2015: Ulster heroes are fully deserving of your vote

By Frank Brownlow

Published 13/11/2015

Golden moment: Sport NI-funded top athlete Jason Smyth, and the IPC World Championship 100m gold medal he won last month, with Sport NI Interim Chief Executive Arthur Scott and Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor Steven Beacom
Golden moment: Sport NI-funded top athlete Jason Smyth, and the IPC World Championship 100m gold medal he won last month, with Sport NI Interim Chief Executive Arthur Scott and Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor Steven Beacom

Anto Finnegan was a deserving winner of last year's coveted Belfast Telegraph Local Heroes Award and competition is sure to be fierce again in what is traditionally one of the most hotly contested categories in the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

The winners of the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards - supported by overall sponsor Linwoods - will be announced at a glittering bash at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast on January 25.

The Local Heroes Award - sponsored by Sport NI - recognises those often unsung people who make a vital contribution to the sporting life of the province.

Anto is a former Antrim GAA captain who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012 and organised an historic fund-raising GAA match at Kingspan Stadium - the home of Ulster Rugby - between an Ulster Select and All-Ireland champions Dublin.

Dubbed the GameForAnto, the match was a resounding success and Anto's deterMND Trust, raising funds and awareness, continues to go from strength to strength.

Anto follows previous winner Billy McKee, recognised for his services to amateur boxing, who brought Carl Frampton through the ranks before the Belfast fighter turned professional and battled his way to the world super bantamweight title.

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2015  

Arthur Scott, Interim Chief Executive of Local Heroes sponsor Sport NI, is delighted to be involved with the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, and hailed the recent achievement of the world's fastest Paralympian Jason Smyth, who is a Sport NI-backed athlete.

"Sport NI is once again pleased to support the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards which exist to recognise the best in Sport," Mr Scott commented.

"Jason's latest gold medal success and fifth world title at the IPC Athletics World Championships provides a source of inspiration for us all and is something to be proud of.

Family affair: Joey Dunlop’s daughter Joanne, wife Linda, Michael McCammond, Eunice Coates and Donna McLean (also a daughter of Joey) at the Belfast Telegraph awards
Family affair: Joey Dunlop’s daughter Joanne, wife Linda, Michael McCammond, Eunice Coates and Donna McLean (also a daughter of Joey) at the Belfast Telegraph awards
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Amy Uprichard
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year sponsored by Linwoods Bryn Cunningham (Ulster Team Manager) receives the award on behalf of Andrew Trimble from Patrick Woods (Operations Manager of Linwoods) and Kevin Saurette (Belfast Giants).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? WJ ?Paddy? Patterson Award sponsored by Northern Ireland Sports Forum Doreen Miskelly receives her award from Gordon Reid (Vice- Chairman Northern Ireland Sports Forum)
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Justine McGrath, daughter of Jack Kyle during a tribute to her father
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sports Star with a Disability Award sponsored by The National Lottery Kelly Gallagher receives her award from Brian Henning (Chairman Sport NI, National Lottery?s distributer for sports funding inn Northern Ireland) and Dame Mary Peters.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Local Heroes Award sponsored by Sport NI Anto Finnegan receives his award from Antoinette McKeown (Chief Executive of Sport NI) and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Northern Ireland Greatest Ever Sports Star (as voted for by Belfast Telegraph readers) Ian Best receives the award for George Best (runner up) from Richard McClean (Managing Director of the Belfast Telegraph).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Northern Ireland Greatest Ever Sports Star (as voted for by Belfast Telegraph readers) Ian Best receives the award for George Best (runner up) from Richard McClean (Managing Director of the Belfast Telegraph).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Northern Ireland Greatest Ever Sports Star (as voted for by Belfast Telegraph readers) Joanne Dunlop, Donna McLean receives the award for Joey Dunlop (winner) from Richard McClean (Managing Director of the Belfast Telegraph).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? George Best Breakthrough Award sponsored by The Ramada Plaza Hotel Conor McLaughlin receives his award from Brian Thornton (General Manager Ramada Plaza Hotel) and Peter Canavan.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Hall of Fame sponsored by Belleek Living David Healy receives his award from Rachael Weir (Belleek Living), Michael O?Neill and Martin O?Neill.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sports Star of the Year sponsored by Linwoods Amy Uprichard (representing the Daisy Lodge Cancer Fund for Children Centre, supported by the Rory McIlroy Foundation) and Carl Frampton receives their awards from Mike Gilson (Belfast Telegraph Editor) and Joanne Hayden (Marketing Manager, Linwoods).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Pamela and Jimmy Kirkwood
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sally Gardiner and Karen Wallace
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Claire McCollum and Mike Bull
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sarah and Amy Uprichard
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Steve Beacom, Peter Rainey and Ed McCann
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? David Healey and Jackie Fullerton
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Barry McGuigan, Carl Frampton, Christine Frampton and Shane McGuigan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Mike Gilson, Belfast Telegraph
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? David Healy and Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Willie Anderson.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Carl Frampton
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Claire McCollum and Jackie Fullerton on stage
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Antoinette McKeown (Chief Executive of Sport NI)
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sport NI Young Ambassador Bethany Firth
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Boxer Paddy Barnes
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? John Conlan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Conor McLaughlin
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? David Healy
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Justine McGrath, daughter of Jack Kyle during a tribute to her father
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Ian Best
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Joanne Dunlop and Donna McLean
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Carl Frampton
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? David Healy
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Martin O'Neill
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? David Healy
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Young Team of the Year sponsored by Sport NI Portora Royal School Boat Club Boys Junior Coxed Eight receive their award from Sport NI Young Ambassador Bethany Firth and Richard Archibald (SINI).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Michael McKillop and Nicole Martin
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Special Recognition Award sponsored by Centra Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan receive their award from Nigel Maxwell (Centra Sales Director) and Willie Anderson.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sports Star with a Disability Award sponsored by The National Lottery Kelly Gallagher receives her award from Brian Henning (Chairman Sport NI, National Lottery?s distributer for sports funding inn Northern Ireland) and Dame Mary Peters.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Local Heroes Award sponsored by Sport NI Anto Finnegan receives his award from Antoinette McKeown (Chief Executive of Sport NI) and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Young Player of the Year sponsored by mamba Chloe Watson receives her award from Jamie Knight (mamba ambassador) and Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Team of the Year sponsored by The Outlet NI Commonwealth Games Boxing Team Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, Michaela Walsh, Sean McGlinchy, Steven Donnelly, Sean Duffy, Joe Fitzpatrick and Ruairi Dalton receive their award from Chris Nelmes (Centre Manager, The Outlet) and Conor Niland (Irish Davis Cup captain).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Northern Ireland Greatest Ever Sports Star (as voted for by Belfast Telegraph readers) Joanne Dunlop, Donna McLean receives the award for Joey Dunlop (winner) from Richard McClean (Managing Director of the Belfast Telegraph).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Hall of Fame sponsored by Belleek Living David Healy receives his award from Rachael Weir (Belleek Living), Michael O?Neill and Martin O?Neill.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Hall of Fame sponsored by Belleek Living David Healy receives his award from Rachael Weir (Belleek Living), Michael O?Neill and Martin O?Neill.
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Amy Uprichard (representing the Daisy Lodge Cancer Fund for Children Centre, supported by the Rory McIlroy Foundation) and Carl Frampton
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Martin McAviney and Sean O'Neill
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Julie morrow, Jill Costley, Hannah Grieve and Alex Hurst from Lurgan College
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Sports Star of the Year sponsored by Linwoods Amy Uprichard (representing the Daisy Lodge Cancer Fund for Children Centre, supported by the Rory McIlroy Foundation) and Carl Frampton receives their awards from Mike Gilson (Belfast Telegraph Editor) and Joanne Hayden (Marketing Manager, Linwoods).
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Thomas Beckett, Jackie Fullerton, Andrew Ewing, Margaret Tollerton and Paddy Barnes
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Jason Harvey and Brian Henning (Chairman Sport NI)
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Jason Harvey, Sean Duffy and Michael Conlon
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Anto and Alison Finnegan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Jonathan and Rosemary Mawhinney
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Rebecca Fulron and Conor McLaughlin
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Rebecca Fulton and Conor McLaughlin
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Keith Crossan and Philip Rainey
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Kevin Saurette, Pamela Ballantine and Adam Keefe
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Gavin Devlin, Mickey Harte and David Healey
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast?
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Gavin Devlin, Mickey Harte and David Healey
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Simon Brien and Tiffany Brien
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Joanne Hayden (Marketing Manager, Linwoods), David Healey and Claire McCollum
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Kelly Gallagher and Petrenan Canavan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Pete Snodden and Kelly Gallagher
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast?
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Mike Gilson
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Claire McCollum and Jackie Fullerton on stage
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Claire McCollum and Jackie Fullerton on stage
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Jackie Reid and Nicole Martin
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast?
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Mike Gilson
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Charlotte Campbell, Sarah Weir and Steve Beacom
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Carrickfergus Cricket Club
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Paul Gray, Janet Gray and Barry McGuigan
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Anto and Alison Finnegan
Chloe Wilson and Linda WilsonPress Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Chloe Wilson and Linda Wilson
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Alex and Fi McGreevey
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Joy Rodgers, Michelle Chambers, Sarah Weir and Karen McGarvey
Press Eye Belfast Northern Ireland - 26th January 2014 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. 2014 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards sponsored by Linwoods at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast? Bethany Firth and Sharon Mulholland

"His commitment and dedication to achieve more and to close the gap between Paralympic and able bodied sport are driving him forward.

"Sport NI will, within the resources available, continue to do all it can to help Jason and our other athletes who are preparing for Rio and major competitions.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to nominate individuals, teams and organisations whose contribution to sport has been outstanding, and I'm sure we will see a wealth of local talent showcased at the Awards event."

The Local Heroes award recognises special achievement at grass roots level. Nominations may be for both clubs and/or individuals.

Past winners include hockey aces Ian Sloan and David Ames, fencer Fiona Haldane, Natalie Kane from motocross, Banbridge Academy boys hockey teams and wrestler Mohammed Ali.

To vote simply visit www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sportsawards2015

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