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Read about all the winners as Jonathan Rea is named Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year

By Gareth Hanna

Ambitious Jonathan Rea is already striving for more after he was named Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year.

Such is his drive for greatness, the three-time World Superbike champion couldn't even attend last night's awards ceremony, understandably owing to testing for the new superbike season. He's hoping that determination will stand him in good stead for more success in 2018.

"I’m really happy and I want to thank the Belfast Telegraph for giving me this Sports Star of the Year Award," he said.

"It really means a lot and I’m really sorry I couldn't be there to accept the award. I need to be in Portimao testing for the 2018 season. But my mum was there to pick up my award.

"I’m incredibly humbled by all the support I have and hopefully I can achieve a fourth World Superbike title."

Rea saw off competition from fellow nominees Rory Best, Michael McKillop, Steven Davis, Ryan Burnett and Jason Smyth to claim the top award, sponsored by Lyprinol.

All-Ireland-winning former Tyrone captain and manager Peter Canavan become the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame while Michael O'Neill and the Northern Ireland team did enough during 2017 to retain their Manager / Coach of the Year and Team of the Year titles.

There were two prizes for Ulster's Jacob Stockdale, who took home the Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year platinum title as well as the George Best Breakthrough award.

Read about all the other winners in our blog here:

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