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Thursday 25 December 2014

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Brendan Rodgers and Rory Best walking on air

Rory Best being presented with his Player of the year award by David Lawlor, marketing executive, Linwoods. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Rory Best being presented with his Player of the year award by David Lawlor, marketing executive, Linwoods. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Brendan Rodgers being presented with his Manager of the year award by Peter Canavan. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Mike Gilson (Belfast Telegraph), Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Eamonn McCartan (CEO Sport NI) and Jack Kyle. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Dominic Walsh, Chairman Sport NI, Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Aogan O'Fearghail (Ulster Council) and Paddy Doherty. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Phil Simmons (Ireland Cricket coach), Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and Kyle McCallan. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Jack Kyle, Betty Henderson and Jackie Fullerton. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Peter Canavan, Mike Gibson, Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin, Dominic Walsh (Sport NI), Steve Martin and David Jeffrey. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Carl Frampton and Pat Jennings. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Dominic Walsh (Sport NI), Andrew Trimble and Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Michael Gibson, left, being presented with his Hall of fame award by Dr Jack Kyle. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
David Jeffrey and Michael Gibson. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Alan Moneypenny, Jack Kyle and Rory Best. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
David Humphreys, Alan Moneypenny and Jack Kyle with current Ulster rugby squad members. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Eric Cunningham, Janet Gray and Paul Gray. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill and Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Johann Muller, Alison Campbell and Rory Best. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Todd Kelma (Belfast Giants), Janet Gray, Paul Gray and Nigel Carr. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Kenny Morris, Steven Martin, Alison Campbell and Jackie McCandless. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Sycerika McMahon being presented with her Young player of the year award by Eamonn McCartan, CEO of Sport NI. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Ian Sloan being presented his Local heroes award by Dr Stephen Martin and Jimmy Kirkwood. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Sally Brown being presented with her Sports person with a disability award by John Spottiswoode, MD, Disability Needs Ltd. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Danny Murphy, left, being presented with his W J (Paddy) Patterson award by Ken Nixon, NI Sports Forum. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Sports star of the year award being accepted by Darren Clarke's fiancé Alison Campbell (centre) and presented by Mike Gilson (Belfast Telegraph), Caral Ni Chuilin MLA (Sports Minister), Brenda Beattie (Sales Manager, Linwoods) and Eamonn McCartan (CEO Sport NI). 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Mike Gibson, Peter Canavan and David Jeffrey. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Julie Hinds and Natalie Barr from Lurgan College girls hockey being presented with their Young team of the year award by Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin . 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Linfield manager David Jeffrey being presented with the Team of the year award by Michael O'Neill. Also pictured are Blues kit manager Gary Eccles, chairman Jim Kerr, players Michael Gault and Winston Murphy. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Michael Dunlop, left, being presented with his Special recognition award by fellow road racer Eugene Laverty. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Gillian Chambers recieves the George Best breakthrough award on behalf of her son Peter from Pat Jennings. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Leander Swimming Club member Sycerika McMahon and her mum Mary. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Matt McGovern , Leander Swimming Club member Sycerika McMahon and Ryan Seaton. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Sally Brown and her dad Richard. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Cathy McParlan, Miriam Morgan and Lorraine Trainor. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Leander Swimming Club member Sycerika McMahon. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Adam Stirling and Nicole Healey. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
David Lawlor, Brenda Beattie and Kieron Beattie. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Sarah Craig, Caitlin De Jode and Kathryn McCann from Dalriada U16. 2011 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.

Brendan Rodgers and Rory Best had plenty to celebrate over the weekend. Now they have even more reasons to be cheerful after picking up prestigious prizes at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

Fresh from inspiring his Swansea side to a stunning 3-2 win at home to Arsenal on Sunday, Rodgers was named our Manager of the Year.

The 38-year-old from Carnlough has enjoyed the most astonishing 12 months, first leading his team into the Premier League, after emerging victorious in a thrilling Championship play-off final with his old club Reading, and then defying everyone in the top flight by being a fiercely competitive outfit who currently sit proudly in 10th place in the table.

And all the while, Swansea have achieved this by playing a brilliant brand of attacking, attractive and enterprising football, which has won Rodgers admirers throughout the game.

Ulster rugby hero Best is another who is respected in his field.

On Friday he played a key role in helping Brian McLaughlin's men hammer Leicester Tigers 41-7 at Ravenhill and last night he claimed the Player of the Year award at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport Northern Ireland.

Best excelled in 2011 for Ulster and Ireland, with his World Cup performances for the latter in New Zealand seeing many shrewd judges of the oval ball game describing him as the best hooker on the planet.

Certainly Ulster will now be looking for a big performance from Rory when they travel to face Clermont in their final Heineken Cup group game on Saturday, with the men from Ravenhill aiming to clinch a quarter-final spot in the competition for the second year running.

Linfield know all about winning under pressure, never more so than in 2011 when they were expected to deliver in their 125th year.

David Jeffrey's side did just that clinching the Irish League and Irish Cup double for the fifth time in just six seasons. That remarkable achievement earned them the Team of the Year gong.

GAA Ulster Council Secretary Danny Murphy received the WJ ‘Paddy’ Patterson Award for Services to Sport which is annually presented by the Northern Ireland Sports Forum.

Danny who represented his native Burren in football and nearby Warrenpoint in hurling during the 1970’s was lauded for his 28-year contribution to the GAA and the many significant initiatives implemented which have brought the sport to a new level.

Congratulating the winners Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA said: “I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our leading sportsmen and women.

“We have much to be proud of, whether we look at the local level or the international level, everyone involved is playing their part in showing the world that we can achieve in sport at the highest level.”

Maeve McKeefry, Brand Manager for Linwoods said: “One of the biggest and most important celebrations of sport in Northern Ireland, Linwoods is proud to sponsor the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards for a second year.

“The line-up for this year’s awards has been enthralling and we’re delighted to see so many new faces doing well and are proud too of our more seasoned sports people who shone ever more brightly in the world of sport.”

Dominic Walsh, Chairman of Sport Northern Ireland said: “Sport Northern Ireland is once again extremely proud to support the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards. The event gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous wealth of sporting talent from right across Northern Ireland in this very exciting Olympic year.

“As the lead agency for developing sport in Northern Ireland we are dedicated to working with sport from grassroots right through to high performance.”

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