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Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: George Best Breakthrough Award winner - Michael McGovern

In safe hands: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern was named as the winner of the George Best Breakthrough Award, sponsored by Gym Co. The trophy was presented to his father Terry (centre), by Jim Conlon, Director of Gym Co and Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings.
In safe hands: Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern was named as the winner of the George Best Breakthrough Award, sponsored by Gym Co. The trophy was presented to his father Terry (centre), by Jim Conlon, Director of Gym Co and Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings.

STEVEN Davis, Jonny Evans, Niall McGinn, Craig Cathcart and Conor McLaughlin are all current Northern Ireland internationals.

Another honour they have in common is that since 2005 they have all won the George Best Breakthrough prize at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

Now add goalkeeper Michael McGovern to that list.

At 32 the Fermanagh man is the oldest footballer to get his hands on the trophy, but he is as deserving as the others because 2016 proved to be McGovern's big breakthrough year on the world stage. He was exceptional at the Euro finals in France.

No matter what he does in the rest of his international career, McGovern will always be remembered and respected by Northern Ireland supporters for the amazing display he put in against World Champions Germany in the final group game in Paris.

The Germans were in dominant form, but McGovern dazzled them with a series of world class saves that left his opponents shaking their heads in disbelief.

The native of Enniskillen was only beaten once, and that was a deflected effort, as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 - a scoreline that did little harm to their goal difference and ensured they made it to the knockout stages.

While McGovern's near perfect performance in the French capital was the best goalkeeping effort in the tournament, he was also outstanding in the other group games versus Poland and Ukraine plus the last 16 contest with Wales.

Coming out of contract at Hamilton, McGovern's brilliance in the Euros led to a host of clubs chasing him. He eventually opted to sign for Norwich City.

There was little doubt entering the World Cup qualifying campaign that McGovern was Northern Ireland's number one. He could be in that position for some time because in the World Cup group games late last year he continued where he left off at the European Championships.

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards. Carl Frampton and Michael O'Neill. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards. Carl Frampton and Michael O'Neill. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye
Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Carl Frampton signs autographs and poses for selfies. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Niamh Reel, Ciara Byrne, Emma Magee, Eileen Rice, Kayla Burns and Cristin Brown
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Sarah Little, Michael Jenkins, Arlene Regan, Simon Snodden and Joanne Hayden pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Gillian McCrudden and Stacey Gibson pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Cristian Brown, Lauryn McKay and Eileen Rice from Sacred Heart School in Newry pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Carl Frampton signs autographs. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Carl Frampton signs autographs. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Carl Frampton lifted the trophy for Sports Star of the Year 2016 at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards presented by Belfast Telegraph managing director Richard McClean. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 12 - Hall of Fame award Snooker legend Dennis Taylor was given the Hall of Fame award, sponsored by the Parr Group. It was presented by Steve Parr, Managing Director of Parr Group, snooker star Joe Swail and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Snooker legend Dennis Taylor was given the Hall of Fame award in 2016, sponsored by the Parr Group. It was presented by Steve Parr, Managing Director of Parr Group, snooker star Joe Swail and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, Belfast Telegraph editor Gail Walker, Ulster Rugby manager Les Kiss and Belfast Telegraph sports editor Jim Gracey. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Ed Curran, Gail Walker and Hall of Fame award winner Dennis Taylor. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill picked up the Manager/Coach of the Year award, sponsored by Active Financial Life last year. It was awarded by Breeda Toner, Financial Advisor with Active Financial Life and Les Kiss from Ulster Rugby.
Award 11 - Manager/Coach of the Year award Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill picked up the Manager/Coach of the Year award,Ê sponsored by Active Financial Life. It was awarded by Breeda Toner, Financial Advisor with Active Financial Life and Les Kiss from Ulster Rugby. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 10 - Special Recognition Award Jonathan Rea picked up a Special Recognition Award sponsored by Volvo. It was presented to his father Jonny, Andy Duke from Volvo dealer, Greers of Antrim, and rugby legend Willie John McBride.Ê Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 9 - George Best Breakthrough Award Michael McGovern won the George Best Breakthrough Award, sponsored by Gym Co. It was presented to his father Terry, by Jim Conlon, Director of Gym Co and Northern Ireland sporting icon Pat Jennings. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 8 - Paddy Patterson Award David Seaton won the Paddy Patterson Award, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, presented by Chair of the Forum, Roy Millar.   Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 7 - Team of the Year Award The Northern Ireland Football Team won the Team of the Year. Manager Michael O'Neill collects the award. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 7 - Team of the Year Award The Northern Ireland Football Team won the Team of the Year Award, sponsored by McComb's Coach Travel. Manager Michael O'Neill collected the award. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 6 - Local Heroes Award Slaughtneill GAA won the Local Heroes Award, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast. It was presented by Rajesh Rana, Director of Crowne Plaza Belfast and Dame Mary Peters. Chair Sean McGuigan with Claire McCollum Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 6 - Local Heroes Award Slaughtneill GAA won the Local Heroes Award, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Belfast. It was presented by Rajesh Rana, Director of Crowne Plaza Belfast and Dame Mary Peters. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 5 - Special Recognition Award Rally driver Kris Meeke won a Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Volvo. His brother Barry, picked up the award on his behalf, from Philip Houston, Volvo dealer, SMW, Belfast and rally legend Paddy Hopkirk.   Barry Meeke with Craig Doyle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 5 - Special Recognition Award. Rally driver Kris Meeke won a Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Volvo. His brother Barry, right, picked up the award on his behalf, from Philip Houston, Volvo dealer, SMW, Belfast and rally legend Paddy Hopkirk. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 4 - Sports Person with a Disability award. Bethany Firth won the Sports Person with a Disability award, sponsored by Crowne PlazaÊBelfast. She was presented with the award by George Graham, general manager of Crowne Plaza Belfast and former top Ireland cricketers, Kyle McCallan and Andrew White. Bethany Firth with Claire McCollum. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 4 - Sports Person with a Disability award. Bethany Firth won the Sports Person with a Disability award, sponsored by Crowne PlazaÊBelfast. She was presented with the award by George Graham, general manager of Crowne Plaza Belfast and former top Ireland cricketers, Kyle McCallan and Andrew White. Bethany Firth with Claire McCollum. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Rory Best won the Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year award, sponsored by Celerion. Paula Quinn, Recruitment Manager from Celerion and rugby legend Stephen Ferris presented the award to Jodie Best, Rory's wife. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 2 - Young Player of the Year Golfer Olivia Mehaffey won the Young Player of the Year, sponsored by Decathlon Belfast. It was presented to her father Philip by Richard Larmour, Marketing and Events Manager from Decathlon and Paralympians Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 2 - Young Player of the Year Golfer Olivia Mehaffey won the Young Player of the Year, sponsored by Decathlon Belfast. It was presented to her father Philip by Richard Larmour, Marketing and Events Manager from Decathlon and Paralympians Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop. Philip Mehaffey with Claire McCollum. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Methodist College Belfast 1st XI Girls Hockey Team  won the Young Team of the Year award sponsored by Subway and presented by Ireland hockey International Eugene Magee and Scott Hayes, Chairman of Subway Northern Ireland. Current team captain - Jodie Savage with Craig Doyle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Award 1 - Young Team of the Year. Methodist College Belfast Girls hockey team won the Young Team of the Year award sponsored by Subway and presented by Ireland hockey International Eugene Magee and Scott Hayes, Chairman of Subway Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Award 1 - Young Team of the Year. Methodist College Belfast Girls hockey team won the Young Team of the Year award sponsored by Subway and presented by Ireland hockey International Eugene Magee and Scott Hayes, Chairman of Subway Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Jim Conlon, Claire McCollum and Craig Doyle pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Tiffany Brian and Stacey Deller pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Claire McCollum and Craig Doyle pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Martin Lindsay and Trevor Ringland
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Caroline and Rodney McComb with Michael O'Neill
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Les Kiss and Stephen Ferris
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Martin Lindsay, Ad Curran and Len OÕHagan
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: John and Geraldine Condie
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Mark Regan, Claire Winter, Joanne McNeill and Kevin Carson
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Aiden Murphy, John Campbell and Gerry Magee
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Trevor Ringland with Pamela and Jimmy Kirkwood
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Brian Magee and Joe Swail
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Michael O'Neill and girls Methodist College Belfast
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Eoin and Art O'Hagan with Michael O'Neill
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Mike Todd and Jim Gracey
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Willie John McBride, Jackie Fullerton and Pat Jennings
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Alan Graham and Pamela Ballantine
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Rachel Johnston, Neil Black and Samantha Kerr
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: David and Joan Seaton
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Scott and Lorna Heyes with Frances and Kurt Courtney
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Marc MacFadyen, John Nicholl and Chris MacFadyen
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Chris and Chloe Cumming, Dermot O'Connell, Mark, Jennifer and Maudie Cumming.
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: John Sloan, Ivan Coffey and Walter Kennedy
February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Peter and Irene Finegan
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Stephen Ferris and Brian Scott pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Karen McGarvey and Julie Maguire pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Jim Conlon, Claire McCollum and Craig Doyle pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Andrew White and Ydele White pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Michael O'Neill with fans pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Paul and Janet Gray pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Ed Curran and Len O'Hagan pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Gavin Devlin, Michael O'Neill and Mickey Harte pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Hugh Black and Mark Irwin pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Michael O'Neill with fans pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Jim Gracey pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Martin Breen, Michael O'Neill and Mathew Breen pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Michael Gilvary, Ciaran McConnell and Neil McGeown pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Guests from Methodist College pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Michael O'Neill pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Barry Funston and Brian McIlroy from the Rory Foundation pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Carmel, Terry, Kathryn and Aine McGovern pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Pamela Ballantine and Jackie Fullerton pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Jim Conlon and friends from Gym Co pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Isabella Byrne, Nuala O'Neill and Emma Magee from Sacred Heart School in Newry pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Len O'Hagan, Martin Lindsay and Peter Rainey pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Jim Gracey, Alan Graham, Mike Todd and Pamela Ballantine pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Ciara Byrne, Sasha Boyle and Francis Keenan from Sacred Heart School in Newry pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Lynne McCluggage, Fiona McIlwaine, Jackie Armstrong Olive Fenton pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Damian and Tara Grimes pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Louise Taylor and Dennis Taylor pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Len O'Hagan, Anna Armstrong and Naomi Fenton pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Kayla Burns and Niamh Reel from Sacred Heart School in Newry pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Stephanie Stewart and Carter McVeigh pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Susan, Stephen, Claire Brodie pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Carol Morgan and Breeda Toner pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Keith Knox, Simon Cathcart and Sinead Cathcart pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Sam and Kris Boyce pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Nigel Stewart and Lorna Stewart pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Lorna and Scott Heyes pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Moyra and Mike Gibson pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Hazel and Leslie Busby pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Elaine and David Brown pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Chris McFadyen, John Nicholl and Mark McFadyen pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2017 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016. Ronan and Hugh Rocks pictured at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards 2016 in the Waterfront Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards hosts Craig Doyle and Claire McCollum. Photo by Claire McCollum/Twitter

For Michael McGovern, 2016 was definitely a breakthrough year on the big stage.

The Norwich goalkeeper was unable to attend the ceremony but it was fitting that the legendary Pat Jennings was on hand to present Michael's proud dad Terry with his award at the Waterfront.