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Northern Ireland Commonwealth Youth Games side crowned top Young Team

Smash hit: Picking up the Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award was George Stevenson MBE. It was presented by Richard Johnston (Chair of NI Sports Forum) and Sarah Shimmons, Head of Marketing from sponsor Linwoods Health
Smash hit: Picking up the Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award was George Stevenson MBE. It was presented by Richard Johnston (Chair of NI Sports Forum) and Sarah Shimmons, Head of Marketing from sponsor Linwoods Health

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.

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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