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Glory days keep rolling in for our Sports Person with a Disability award winner Jack Agnew

By Gareth Hanna

Jack Agnew’s mantelpiece is now chock-full as the teenager added our Sports Person with a Disability award, sponsored by JMK Solicitors, to his collection.

It will rest beside the four medals he brought home from last summer’s World Junior Para-Athletics Championships.

The Belfast athlete won golds in the 1,500m and 800m, silver in the 400m and bronze, courtesy of a personal best time, in the 200m.

He saw off stiff competition from sprinter Eve Walsh Dann, wheelchair golfer Mark Gibson and para-canoeist Jonny Young to take the prize at last night’s Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

Also honoured at the Waterfront was the late Philip Duke, who was named winner of the Local Heroes award.

The accolade, sponsored by Hastings Hotel Group, aims to reward someone who has made a major contribution to sport in their local area at an unheralded level and there is no doubt that Philip did that in the world of hockey.

After his playing days with Collegians (now Belfast Harlequins), Duke went on to become a highly-respected umpire, coach, mentor, tournament judge, administrator and team manager with Ulster and Ireland.

He also helped in the organisation of the successful World Hockey League 2 tournament hosted in Belfast back in March.

And he even came out of retirement to score two goals against Down in a junior game just a month before his sudden passing in October.

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