Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Outstanding contributor to take spotlight

Terry Crothers receives the Paddy Patterson Award from Richard Johnston, NI Sports Forum Chair and Norman McBride, Hasting Hotels at the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.
Terry Crothers receives the Paddy Patterson Award from Richard Johnston, NI Sports Forum Chair and Norman McBride, Hasting Hotels at the 2018 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

There are many people across Northern Ireland who dedicate so much time and effort to sport over many years without receiving the recognition they deserve, but at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards that will change.

At our ceremony on Monday at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, one such person will be rewarded for their remarkable contributions to their sport when they are presented with the Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award, sponsored by Hastings Hotels.

The accolade is one of the few that isn’t necessarily given to an athlete, rather the winner’s service may have been as an administrator, manager or coach behind the scenes.

Like all of our awards, the list of past winners is packed with recognisable names who have given so much to Northern Ireland sport over the course of several years and, for some, decades.

Previous recipients include Dame Mary Peters, rower Bobby Platt, cricketer Roy Torrens, badminton’s Bob Colhoun and Athletics NI chairman David Seaton.

The award is named in honour of the late Paddy Patterson, a great public servant who gave service throughout his lifetime to the education and sport sectors and, in particular, his beloved rugby.

A mathematician at Grosvenor High School, Patterson was founder of Grosvenor’s post-primary club and of the Ulster Referees’ Society and drove the IRFU to start their Charitable Trust.

Paddy was a founder member of the NICPR, which is now the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, and sat on the board for many years, including a decade as chairman from 1978-88, and inaugurated the first NICPR Services to Sports Award, which now carries his name.

Whoever wins the award at our Awards ceremony on Monday will certainly be fully deserving of their prize, and will have their dedicated work and efforts towards their sport rightfully placed into the spotlight.

Sponsors Hastings Hotels owns one of Northern Ireland’s leading collection of hotels that are used by sporting stars and teams when they visit our shores. Hastings has played host to numerous elite national, international and professional sporting teams over the last two decades.

Guests have four properties in Belfast to choose from; the idyllic five-star Culloden Estate & Spa, the Stormont Hotel in the leafy suburbs of east Belfast, the world-famous Europa Hotel and the Grand Central Hotel, both in the heart of the city.

The four properties are unique and each provide visiting teams different options of style, accommodation and privacy, all offering exceptionally high levels of service.

The chefs work with each teams’ doctors and nutritionists in order to tailor menus accordingly and will cater for all individual nutritional requirements. Menus are created using only the finest fresh, local and quality ingredients to ensure maximum nutrition, enjoyment and flavour.

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