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Northern Ireland Commonwealth Youth Games side crowned top Young Team

By Gareth Hanna

The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Youth Team are the Belfast Telegraph Young Team of the Year, sponsored by Subway.

It's just recognition for their 12-medal haul in the Bahamas last summer.

Picking up the Young Player of the Year award, sponsored by Decathlon, was Xeno Young, a silver medallist at the European Track Cycling Championships.

The Hillsborough teenager's medal came in the junior individual pursuit in Russia in July.

Special Recognition Awards, sponsored by Volvo & National Sports Injury Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital, and designed to acknowledge unseen work, went to the Irish Football Association's Sara Booth, for her efforts as tournament director for the Uefa Women's Under-19 Championship, and dual sports star Caroline O'Hanlon, for her contribution to both netball and GAA.

The Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award, sponsored by Linwoods and acknowledging dedication to a sport, went to George Stevenson, the president of the Ulster Branch of Tennis Ireland.

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