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Michael says winning 2015 award was 'special moment'

By Steven Beacom

Published 02/12/2016

Champ: Michael Conlan with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Belfast Telegraph Editor Gail Walker
Champ: Michael Conlan with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Belfast Telegraph Editor Gail Walker

For Michael Conlan, being crowned 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year was a "special moment". The Belfast boxer picked up one of the most prestigious prizes in Northern Ireland sport after becoming the first Irishman to win a world amateur boxing title.

In future years he dreams of adding a world professional belt to his long list of honours.

At the Belfast Telegraph Sports awards ceremony, you could have heard a pin drop as the impressive Conlan spoke to the great and good in the room.

He will be interested to see who follows in his footsteps and claims the 2016 Sports Star of the Year trophy.

We are asking YOU, our readers, to nominate your choices for this prize and all the others which will be presented at a glittering ceremony next year.

Conlan remembers that feeling when he was announced not just king of the ring, but king of Northern Ireland sport for 2015.

"It was very, very important for me to win the Sports Star of the Year prize at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards," said Michael.

"The more you are recognised the better it is for yourself, your confidence and your career.

"It was unbelievable for me to win it. I felt privileged to join sporting legends who had won it previously.

"For me to be only 24 and to receive that award was a really special moment."

To nominate candidates for any of our awards please email sportsawards@jcomms.co.uk or write to Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, c/o Jcomms, Sylvan House, 232-240 Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2AW. Please include your reasons why you believe they should win the award. Nominations close on December 9.

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