Belfast Telegraph

Celebrating the magic moments of sport heroes

By Steven Beacom

So, what is Northern Ireland's greatest sporting moment? It's a matter of debate, and YOU, our readers, are clearly interested given the number of votes already cast on the subject in a Belfast Telegraph website poll.

To coincide with the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, sponsored by Linwoods, we are celebrating Northern Ireland's greatest sporting moments.

Our sportsdesk chose 10 of the nation's best sporting moments from 10 different sports and now it is up to YOU to decide the number one at

The 10 to choose from in alphabetical order are:

ATHLETICS: Mary Peters winning gold at the Olympics in Munich 1972

BOXING: Barry McGuigan claiming the world title at Loftus Road in 1985

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland beating hosts Spain 1-0 in the 1982 World Cup

GAA: Tyrone and Armagh playing each other in the All-Ireland final in 2003

GOLF: Rory McIlroy winning his first major title, the US Open in 2011

HOCKEY: Jimmy Kirkwood and Stephen Martin winning 1988 Olympic gold in Seoul

HORSE RACING: Tony McCoy securing Grand National victory in 2010

MOTORCYCLING: Philip McCallen's five wins in a day at the 1992 North West 200

RUGBY: Ulster triumphing at Lansdowne Road in the 1999 European Cup final

SNOOKER: Dennis Taylor winning the 1985 World title in black ball finish

The result of the poll, and all the other prize winners, will be revealed on our big awards night at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast on January 25, 2016.

Sarah Shimmons, Head of Marketing for our title sponsors Linwoods, said: "The achievements of our local sporting heroes regularly make headlines not only at home but also around the world. In sporting terms, we certainly punch above our weight and the high international profile which many of our sports stars enjoy is testimony to our region's world class sporting talent.

"As a community we also embrace sport with enthusiasm at grass roots level. We recognise and appreciate the benefits it brings in creating healthier lifestyles, developing personal skills and qualities as well as building friendships and sociability.

"As title sponsor of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards for 2016, Linwoods is delighted that the Belfast Telegraph is extending the awards with an invitation to readers to vote for their Top 10 Sporting Moments.

"It won't be an easy decision for sports fans, as over the years we have witnessed so many of our local sporting heroes work their way up from the grassroots commitment to the dizzy heights of international acclaim, providing us with some of the most inspirational and iconic sporting moments.

"This is the sixth year that Linwoods has been title sponsor of the Sports Awards and, as a local company whose success, growth and international reputation is focused on healthy foods and lifestyles, it is appropriate that we should recognise, celebrate and be inspired by our sporting heroes."

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