Rugby stars past and present have joined forces to launch the 2011 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport Northern Ireland.
The awards programme honours Northern Ireland’s top sporting achievers in both the professional and amateur arena and the gala ceremony will take place on January 16 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
As sporting fans gear up for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals this weekend, Ireland greats and past Telegraph Sports Awards winners Jack Kyle and David Humphreys launched the 2011 Sports Awards with Ulster players Chris Henry, Jared Payne and Mike McCornish.
Also lining out at the launch were Maeve McKeefry, Linwoods Brand Manager, and Dominic Walsh, Chairman of Sport NI.
We want the public, clubs, schools, regional councils, governing bodies and sporting organisations to put forward a wide range of nominations which will be considered carefully by the four-strong judging panel, which will include motorcycling legend Phillip McCallen, Rosemary Mawhinney, representing the NI Sports Forum, and Shaun Ogle, Performance Director Sport NI.
Local food company Linwoods is once again backing our Awards and Brand Manager Maeve McKeefry said: “At Linwoods we take great pride and pleasure in our ongoing association with the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, which link the company in an exciting style with the province’s finest sporting achievements — the perfect way to promote our healthy-eating Superfoods products.
“Linwoods looks forward to marking those achievements with the fantastic sportsmen and women, brought together to celebrate sport under the banner of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.”
Also jointly supporting the 2011 Awards programme for a second year is Sport NI, which is helping to target and encourage sporting clubs and groups throughout Northern Ireland to put forward nominees.
Chairman of Sport NI Dominic Walsh said: “Sport NI is extremely proud to once again be supporting the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards which recognise sporting achievement from grass roots to high performance.
“The Awards also recognise the invaluable work of volunteers in sport, and the personal dedication that exists behind every success story.”
All the categories are outlined on the opposite page.
Nominations close on Wednesday, November 23 at 5pm and can be posted on line.
A template can be downloaded from our website www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sportsawards2011 and a hard copy can be posted to Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, C/O JPR, Sylvan House, 232-240 Belmont Road, Belfast BT4 2AW.