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British Olympic Association award for Belfast archer Patrick Huston

Young Belfast archer Patrick Huston has won a top award from the British Olympic Association, joining sporting giants like Andy Murray and Mo Farrah.

The BOA has announced a list of 35 athletes across 31 sports who are being honoured as the 2013 Olympic Athlete of the Year and Patrick is the selected athlete for Archery.

2013 has been a year to remember for the 17-year-old, who shot into the limelight by winning the European Field title and then two gold medals at the the World Youth Archery Championships in China.

Last week Patrick, a member of East Belfast Archery Club, was named in the GB Olympic squad aiming for Rio 2016.

He said he was delighted: "It's an honour to sit alongside great Olympians and sporting talent as Andy Murray and Mo Farah.

"On the back of being selected on the Archery Olympic squad announced on Friday, this completes a very successful and memorable year for me."

Performance director Sara Symington said: "This is a superb finish to a superb year for Patrick. It's his first year as an international, so it is a great achievement. We are all very proud of him."

The Olympic Athlete of the Year award was introduced by the BOA in 2005 to mark its centenary.

The BOA invites each of its summer and winter Olympic-sport national governing bodies to nominate the top-performing athlete from their sport to receive the honour.

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