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Golden night as Belfast Telegraph hails sports heroes

The Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year for 2010 will be crowned tonight at a glamour-laden dinner at the Shaw’s Bridge Ramada Hotel in Belfast.

Horse racing legend Tony McCoy, rowing world champion Richard Chambers, golfing great Graeme McDowell and Ulster's queen of cycling Wendy Houvenaghel are all in the running for the top prize.

McCoy and Houvenaghel are previous winners of the Sports Star prize, won last year by Holywood golfing sensation Rory McIlroy.

The main Sports Star award is just one of a numberup for grabs at the glittering event, sponsored by Linwoods and supported by Sport NI.

Regarded as the most prestigious sports awards in Northern Ireland, the other honours are Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Manager/Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Young Team of the Year, Sports Person with a Disability, the Local Heroes award, the George Best Breakthrough prize and Paddy Patterson backroom award.

There will also be a sporting great inducted into the Hall of Fame, which already includes some of the most iconic stars from Northern Ireland.

The big night will be compered by Jackie Fullerton and Claire McCollum (pictured) , who are teaming up for the first time at the Tele awards.

Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor Steven Beacom said: “The Belfast Telegraph Sports awards are rightly considered the biggest in the country.

“They recognise sporting achievement from our sporting heroes at the highest level down to grassroots. The year 2010 was truly incredible for Northern Ireland sport at home and all around the globe.

“Indeed, the list of nominations sent in by our loyal readers for the awards was so vast and impressive that our judges had the most difficult task in selecting the winners.

“Right across the sporting spectrum, our competitors have excelled.

“It is many, many years since we have enjoyed so much success in so many sporting fields.

“The last 12 months have shown that Northern Ireland sports stars punch above thir weight time after time. That ensures we are in for another special awards night, when we shall salute the superb efforts of our sportsmen and sportswomen.”

Full coverage of the awards will appear through all editions of tomorrow's Belfast Telegraph.

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