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Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Young Sports Star nominees making a name for themselves



Sommer Lecky was named Young Sports Star of the Year for 2018.

Sommer Lecky was named Young Sports Star of the Year for 2018.

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Sommer Lecky was named Young Sports Star of the Year for 2018.

A look back at Northern Ireland's top sporting achievements in 2019 shows us that several up and coming stars have provided us with some great moments over the past 12 months.

That is why we will reward one young sportsperson's achievements over the past year with the Young Sports Star of the Year Award, which is kindly sponsored by the Mary Peters Trust.

One of our young sports stars will walk away with the prized accolade at our Sports Awards ceremony at Belfast's Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday, and there is a star-studded nominations list.

Golfer Beth Coulter is the first on our list after winning the Irish Close and the Munster Senior Open in 2019, while she also represented GB & Ireland in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.

Rower Molly Curry is also in the running after she represented Ireland at the Junior World Championships in Tokyo, while also becoming Irish champion and British Schools champion in the single skulls.

Racing driver Daniel Harper has also had a sensational 12 months, winning the ultra-competitive British Porsche Carrera Cup and earning a spot in BMW's prestigious scholarship programme for 2020.

And the final nominee is sprinter Oliver Swinney, whose fantastic year saw him win the Ulster, Northern Ireland and Irish Under-17 Indoor Championship titles in the 60m sprint, as well as becoming Ulster and NI U17 champion in the 100m.

The aim of sponsors the Mary Peters Trust is to help aspiring young athletes realise their maximum potential by assisting them in both a financial and advisory capacity.

The Mary Peters Trust was established to create an ongoing commemoration of Dame Mary's gold medal win in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and is now in its 44th year.

The Trust supports talented young sportsmen and women, both able-bodied and disabled, from across Northern Ireland.

Sportspeople who have been supported by the Trust include Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, David Humphreys, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Carl Frampton, Kelly Gallagher, Michael McKillop, Janet Gray, Rhys McClenaghan and many more.

Having celebrated her 80th birthday in 2019, Dame Mary said: "I want to ensure, long after I'm gone, that the sporting stars of tomorrow will continue to receive financial assistance to enable them to fulfil their sporting potential.

"Crucially, I want to know that the Mary Peters Trust will continue to provide for the sporting generations of tomorrow. That's why we have so many fundraising events which we would love everyone to get behind."

Belfast Telegraph