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Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year Jonathan Rea Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year Jonathan Rea Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year Winner is Jonathan Rea. Johnny is away testing in Spain and the award is collected by his mum Claire Rea. Presented by Phillip McCallan and sponsor rep Bert Jukes, CEO of Enliten owners of Lyprinol and Richard McClean, CEO Belfast Telegraph to present. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Hall of Fame Winner is Peter Canavan. Presented by Mickey Harte and Breeda Toner Bre-Ton Financial Services. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Manager / Coach of the Year Gold and Platinum Michael O'Neill (NI Football) Platinum. Presented by Pat Jennings and from sponsors Invest n Share Robert Young. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Manager / Coach of the Year Gold and Platinum Winner Michael O'Neill (NI Football) Platinum. Presented by Pat Jennings and from sponsors Invest n Share Robert Young. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Team of the Year Gold and Platinum Winner is NI Netball Team (Gold) and NI Football Team (Platinum). Presented by Norman Whiteside and sponsor presenter Gary Sinnerton, MD The Home Design Group (Claire) Michael O'Neill on stage Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Game Changer Award Winner is Joanne Rock (Lagan Dragons). Presenter is Hannah Shields mountain climber, game changer) and from sponsors Electric Ireland, Clare McAllister, Sales and Marketing Manager Electric Ireland NI Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. George Best Breakthrough Award Winner is Jacob Stockdale (rugby). Presenter is Mike Gibson And from sponsor GLL Gareth Kirk, Regional Director of GLL. Tommy Bowe -Ulster and Ireland Star collects the award on Jacob's behalf. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 3. Local Heroes Award Winner is Philip Duke (a posthumous award) -Ulster Hockey and Harlequins. To be collected by Philips brother Peter Duke and Iain Kelly Harlequins Club President (has over 1000 appearances for the club) Presented by Jim Kirkwood hockey Olympic gold medallist Also pictured is sponsor Julie Hastings Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall WJ Paddy Patterson Services to Sport Award Winner is George Stevenson MBE (from tennis). Presented by Richard Johnston (Chair of NI Sports Forum) and Sarah Shimmons, Head of Marketing from sponsor Linwoods Health Foods. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Team of the Year Gold and Platinum Winner is NI Netball Team (Gold) and NI Football Team (Platinum). Presented by Norman Whiteside and sponsor presenter Gary Sinnerton, MD The Home Design Group. NI Netball players, coach and support staff on stage. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Player of the Year Xeno Young (cycling) on stage with Craig Doyle and Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs rugby). Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year Gold and Platinum Winners are Lisa Bowman (NI Netball) Gold and Jacob Stockdale (rugby) Platinum. Presented by WJ McBride and sponsor presenter Paula Quinn Recruitment Manager at Celerion. Parents Graeme and Janine Stockdale on stage to collect on behalf of Jacob who is at Carton House Kildare at Ireland Camp ahead of the Nat West 6 Nations and the team's first match in Paris. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Special Recognition Award 1 Winner is Sara Booth (Director U19 Women's football Euros) Presented by Dame Mary Peters and Mark Regan, CEO of the National Sports Injury Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year Gold and Platinum Winners are Lisa Bowman (NI Netball) Gold and Jacob Stockdale (rugby) Platinum. Presented by WJ McBride and sponsor presenter Paula Quinn Recruitment Manager at Celerion. Lisa Bowman collects her award Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year Gold and Platinum Winners are Lisa Bowman (NI Netball) Gold and Jacob Stockdale (rugby) Platinum. Presented by WJ McBride and sponsor presenter Paula Quinn Recruitment Manager at Celerion. Lisa Bowman collects her award with Claire McCollum Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Sports Person with a Disability Winner is Jack Agnew (wheelchair racing) but as Jack is away in Australia training it is being collected by Jacks mum Sandra Agnew. Presented by Paul Stirling Ireland cricketer and sponsor presenter Tony McKeown representing JMK Solicitors. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Player of the Year Winner Xeno Young (cycling), centre, presented by Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs rugby), right, and sponsor presenter Richard Larmour, Marketing and Events Manager from Decathlon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Team of the Year Winner is NI Commonwealth Games Youth Team. On stage is Aron Sexton (gold for athletics), Kirstie Strouts McCallion (silver for judo), Kane Tucker (silver for boxing), Mandy McMaster (coach) and Alison Moffatt-Robinson (coach). Presented by Tommy Bowe - Ireland and Ulster rugby player and sponsor presenter Frances Adgey Marketing Manager of Subway Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Team of the Year Winner is NI Commonwealth Games Youth Team. On stage is Aron Sexton (gold for athletics), Kirstie Strouts McCallion (silver for judo), Kane Tucker (silver for boxing), Mandy McMaster (coach) and Alison Moffatt-Robinson (coach). Presented by Tommy Bowe - Ireland and Ulster rugby player and sponsor presenter Frances Adgey Marketing Manager of Subway Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Player of the Year Winner Xeno Young (cycling), centre, presented by Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs rugby), right, and sponsor presenter Richard Larmour, Marketing and Events Manager from Decathlon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th January 2018 - 2017 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Belfast Waterfront Hall 1. Young Player of the Year Xeno Young (cycling) on stage with Craig Doyle and Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs rugby). Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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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