Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Local Athletes Gear Up for 2012 Sports Awards Programme

Brian Downing Memorial International Meet at Antrim Stadium as part of the Athletics Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp in Antrim.
Brian Downing Memorial International Meet at Antrim Stadium as part of the Athletics Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp in Antrim.
Brian Downing Memorial International Meet at Antrim Stadium as part of the Athletics Olympic Pre-Games Training Camp in Antrim.

On the back of a vibrant summer sporting calendar and the London 2012 Games, organisers of top annual sports awards programme, the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards are urging fans, clubs, schools and sporting organisations to consider what teams and individuals they would like to put forward for the 2012 Linwoods and Sport Northern Ireland supported gala event which will take place in January 2013.

Top athletes Katie Kirk (2nd left) from Lagan Valley AC and Joanna Mills (2nd right) from Ballymena & Antrim AC are pictured at the recent Athletics NI and Lagan Valley AC organised Brian Downing Memorial International held at Antrim Stadium with Alan Moneypenny (left) from Sport NI and Maeve McKeefry from Linwoods. Sports Awards organisers were in attendance to encourage club officials, athletes, families and supporters to put forward individual and team nominations when the Sports Awards are officially launched post Olympics.

The athletics meet which was held in conjunction with DCAL and Sport NI featured representatives from clubs throughout Northern Ireland as well as London bound athletes from Qatar, Egypt, Oman and Djbouti giving local sports people an opportunity to compete with some of the best and most experienced athletes in the world such as middle distance runner Ayanleh Soulieman from Djbouti who is likely to make the final at the Olympic Games.

Katie Kirk took 2nd place in the Women’s 200m event whilst Joanna Mills was third with Irish 100m champion Amy Foster taking first position.

Nominations for the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards are sought for 12 different categories which span both amateur and professional fields. Last year’s winners included current Olympic hopefuls swimmer Sycerika McMahon and rower Peter Chambers, Open golf champion Darren Clarke, young athlete Sally Brown and recently appointed Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers.

“We have so many top achievers representing our grass roots sports as well as our high profile sporting heroes and these awards aim to honour all these players, teams and managers as well as those who work behind the scenes.” explained Steven Beacom, Chairman of the judging panel and sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph.

Category awards include Team and Player of the Year, Manager/Coach of the Year, Young Team and Young Player of the Year as well as the Hall of Fame trophy and the Local Heroes Award. Other categories are Sports Person with a Disability, Special Recognition Award, George Best Breakthrough Award, the WJ ‘Paddy’ Patterson Award for services to sport and the overall Sports Star of the Year Award.

For more details on the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards contact Rosemary Allister, JPR Tel 028 9076 0066 or mobile 07880 504928.



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