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Friday 26 December 2014

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Young, gifted and from here...

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Northern Ireland is blessed with prodigious young sporting talent — and rarely has that been clearer than at last night's Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

Our past sporting glories are always worth enjoying, so too the remarkable feats around the globe in the present day. The future will be bright as well.

Sycerika McMahon, Ian Sloan, Sally Brown and Peter Chambers, all winners at the glitzy event sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport Northern Ireland, will make sure of that.

Swimming sensation Sycerika, who is only 16, collected the Young Player of the Year prize after a brilliant year in which she broke Ulster and Irish records galore and picked up medal after medal at the European Junior Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games and Irish Championships.

Hockey hero Ian Sloan, 18, bagged the Local Heroes prize for captaining Cookstown High to three cup finals, scoring twice for his Cookstown club in their Irish Senior Cup final success and being called into the Irish international squad.

Another teenager, athlete Sally Brown, was the Sports Person with a Disability winner for the second year running after collecting bronze medals in the 200m at the Paralympic World Games and Paralympic World Cup.

Outstanding young rower Peter Chambers claimed the sought after George Best Breakthrough Award having won gold at the under-23 World Championships and World Championships in the Lightweight pairs event. Moving into the Lightweight Men's four, alongside brother Richard, he was part of a team to finish first in the World Cup to complete an amazing 2011.

Keeping with the youthful theme, the excellent Lurgan College Girls Hockey team were delighted to be named Young Team of the Year after winning every trophy available to them in the past 12 months.

Motorcycling star Michael Dunlop seems to have been shining on the roads for a long time, but he is still only 23 and his superb efforts at the Ulster Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT in 2011 were rewarded with a Special Recognition award.

Michael is certainly continuing the Dunlop dynasty in fine style.

And the sporting kids are definitely alright in Northern Ireland.

We have much to be proud of in our wee country.

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