The big night is fast approaching when the Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year for 2012 will be announced.
Competition for the big prize is fiercer than it has ever been after our Olympians and Paralympians performed heroics in London and, of course, a certain Rory McIlroy had an outstanding year, as did jump jockey legend Tony McCoy, while Brian Magee became a boxing world champion.
The Sports Star of the Year award is just one of many prestigious prizes on offer on Monday, January 14 at the Ramada Hotel, just outside Belfast, for what is always one of the most glittering events in the sporting calender.
The Belfast Telegraph was inundated with nominations from our readers and sporting bodies and then it was up to the judges to come up with the shortlists and winners for each category.
We have never had a tougher task such was the excellence in every field, so sincere thanks to Dr Shaun Ogle (director of performance, Sport Northern Ireland), Olympic gold medallist Jim Kirkwood and Rosemary McWhinney (NI Sports Forum.) for their help, wisdom and sporting knowledge.
The Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport Northern Ireland, will be compered by Jackie Fullerton and Claire McCollum, with guests advised to arrive at the Ramada Hotel by 7pm.
This paper will, of course, provide total coverage of the biggest and best sports awards ceremony in Northern Ireland next Tuesday when the full list of winners will be named.
A special supplement is scheduled to be published on Wednesday, January 16.