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Who will follow Peter Canavan into the Hall of Fame?

 

Tyrone legends: Belfast Telegraph Hall of Fame winner Peter Canavan (right) who was presented with his award last year by Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone legends: Belfast Telegraph Hall of Fame winner Peter Canavan (right) who was presented with his award last year by Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

With five days to go until the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Waterfront Hall, there’s not long left until we discover who are the big winners.

While most of the awards have nominees shortlisted, some categories were open for choices to be nominated and, as such, do not have a shortlist.

These will be handed out on the night and will pay tribute to some of the most important people in Northern Ireland sport.

To buy tickets for the awards ceremony, visit www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sportsawards2018/tickets

The Hall of Fame Award will recognise someone whose contribution to local sport is considered outstanding over many years, not just 2018.

Last year, Tyrone GAA legend Peter Canavan was inducted, taking his place alongside other esteemed names in local sport, as will this year’s recipient.

The names that adorn the Hall of Fame are headlined by a large footballing contingent, including Pat Jennings, George Best, Billy Bingham, Bertie Peacock and Harry Gregg, while later inclusions feature the likes of Gerry Armstrong, David Healy and Martin O’Neill.

Ulster and Ireland rugby stars Jack Kyle, Willie John McBride and Mike Gibson are all inductees, while Down legends Sean O’Neill, an awards judge, Paddy Doherty and Tyrone boss Mickey Harte are in there, too.

Golfer Norman Drew, boxing great Barry McGuigan, all-rounder Maeve Kyle, snooker’s Dennis Taylor and horseracing legend AP McCoy are all in the Hall of Fame as well.

Also bestowed on the night will be the Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award, to someone who has selflessly dedicated their time to promoting and helping their respective sport.

The award is named after a great public servant who made a huge contribution throughout his or her lifetime to the education and sport sectors.

Paddy was a founder member of the NI Council for Physical Recreation which is now the NI Sports Forum and served on the Board for many years including a decade as chairman from 1978 to 1988 and inaugurated the first NICPR Service to Sports Award.

To book your seat at the Waterfront Hall for Monday’s ceremony, visit www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sportsawards2018/tickets.

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