The purpose of the awards which are backed by main sponsor Linwoods is to identify sporting achievement and recognise those individuals, teams and organisations whose contribution to Ulster Sport is outstanding. Sport Northern Ireland also provides support for the awards programme and nominations can be made by organisations, governing bodies of sport, regional councils, local sports councils and individuals.
How to Nominate
To nominate your chosen sports individual, team or organisation online, please click on the 'Enter Nomination' link below for the relevant category. You will be requested to complete a series of questions about your nominee. To complete the nomination, please click the 'submit' button once you have finished your entry.
If you would prefer to submit your nomination by post, please answer all questions which are displayed online against the relevant category – to a maximum of 200 words – and send by post to Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, C/O JPR, Sylvan House, 232 – 240 Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2AW or email email@example.com.
Nominations close on Monday 30th November 2015 at 5pm.
1. Sports Star of the Year (sponsored by Linwoods)
This is awarded to a person identified with the province whose sporting performances or achievements are seen as outstanding. Recent winners have included Rory McIlroy, Carl Frampton, David Healy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Wendy Houvenaghel. Your nomination should include details of: -
2. Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year
The award will be made to an Ulster player who competes mainly in the province and whose performance and overall contribution are seen as outstanding. Former trophy holders are Andrew Trimble, Rory Best, Ryan Farquhar, Glenn Ferguson, Sean Cavanagh and Stephen Ferris. Include details of the following in your nomination:
3. Team of the Year
A team based in Ulster, whether club or composite, which has achieved remarkable success in the current year. NI Commonwealth Games boxers, Ulster Rugby, Linfield FC, Tyrone GAA, Ballynahinch Rugby Team and the Northern Ireland Football Team are past winners. Include the following information in your nomination.
Describe any other key achievements or contribution to the wider sporting community i.e. what makes the team special?
4. Young Player of the Year
An individual aged 19 or under on 31st December 2015 and identified with the province whose sporting performances or achievements are seen as outstanding. Winners of this award have included bowler Chloe Watson, Paralympian Bethany Firth, racing driver Wayne Boyd, athlete Ciara Mageean, swimmers Sycerika McMahon and Conor Leaney. Include details of the following in your nomination.
5. Young Team of the Year
A team aged 19 or under on 31st December 2015 and identified with the province, whose performances or achievements are seen as outstanding. Previous winners include Portora Royal School rowers, St Oliver Plunkett U16 football team, Lurgan College 1st XI Girls’ Hockey, Royal School Armagh 1st XI Hockey Team. NI Commonwealth Games Youth Team and Armagh Minors GAA. In your nomination include details of:
6. Manager / Coach of the Year
An individual identified with the province whose managing/coaching achievements are seen as outstanding. Former trophy holders have included Brendan Rodgers, John Conlan, PJ O’Mullan, Donal Murtagh, David Jeffrey and Liam Bradley. Include the following information in your nomination:
7. Sports Person of the Year with a Disability
This award is open to people identified with the Province and involved in a recognised category of sport for people with a disability whether as performers, organisers or supporters. Past winners are Kelly Gallagher, Janet Gray, Michael McKillop, Sally Brown, Jason Smyth and Niall McVeigh. Outline details of the following within your nomination:
8. WJ 'Paddy' Patterson Services to Sport Award (sponsored by NI Sports Forum)
This award recognises individuals who have brought honour to the province and served Ulster sport with great distinction over a period of years. The service may be as an administrator, manager, coach or referee etc. NB This award is made by the NI Sports Forum.Past winners have included Doreen Miskelly, Danny Murphy, Roy Torrens, Dame Mary Peters, Ken Nixon and Bob Colhoun. Please include the following information in your nomination:
9. George Best Breakthrough Award
This award recognises a sporting individual who has made a spectacular rise from obscurity during the past 12 months. This award is made by the sports writers of the Belfast Telegraph. Former winners have included Conor McLaughlin, Michael Conlan, Peter Chambers, Martin Rogan, Rory Mcllroy and Niall McGinn. Include the following in your nomination:
10. Local Heroes (supported by Sport Northern Ireland)
This award recognises special achievement at grass roots level. Nominations may be for both Clubs and/or individuals. Past winners include hockey aces Ian Sloan and David Ames, GAA hero Anto Finnegan, fencer Fiona Haldane, Natalie Kane from Motocross, Banbridge Academy Boys Hockey teams and wrestler Mohammed Ali. Please outline the following details as part of your nomination:
11. Hall of Fame
This award recognises an Ulster sports person whose contribution to sport through the years has been outstanding. This award is made by the sports writers of the Belfast Telegraph. Previous stars installed in the Hall of Fame include David Healy, Gerry Armstrong, Mike Gibson, Barry McGuigan, Harry Gregg and Maeve Kyle. Include details of the following within nominations:
12. Special Recognition Award
This is awarded to a person identified with the province whose sporting performances or achievements are seen as outstanding. Recent winners have included Olympians Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, Peter and Richard Chambers and Alan Campbell, road racer Michael Dunlop and cricket legend Kyle McCallen. Your nomination should include details of: -