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

Hero: The Local Heroes Award Winner was the late Philip Duke, who passed away last year. The award presented by Julie Hastings of the Hastings Hotel Group was collected by Philip’s brother, Peter
Hero: The Local Heroes Award Winner was the late Philip Duke, who passed away last year. The award presented by Julie Hastings of the Hastings Hotel Group was collected by Philip’s brother, Peter

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.

Northern Ireland legend Norman Whiteside (left) presents the NI netball team with their Team of the Year Gold prize at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards last night. Included is sponsor Gary Sinnerton, MD The Home Design Group while
Northern Ireland legend Norman Whiteside (left) presents the NI netball team with their Team of the Year Gold prize at the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards last night. Included is sponsor Gary Sinnerton, MD The Home Design Group while
Sports Awards winner Jonathan Rea talks to reporter Claire McCollum
Ruth Gorman and Tommy Bowe
Jonathan Rea
Mike Todd, Tiffany Brien and Simon Brien at the Sports Awards
Television presenter Pamela Ballantine and former Olympic champ Dame Mary Peters toast the winners
Chris Patterson, Paddy Hopkirk and Bobby Willis
NI manager Michael O’Neill, Belfast Telegraph Editor Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph Managing Director Richard McClean and former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings
Joanne Rock of Lagan Dragons picks up the inaugural Game Changer Award at the Waterfront Hall

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