Belfast Sports Awards

Belfast Sports Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements of our local sports people. The awards also pay tribute to the efforts of our coaches, volunteers, mentors, teachers and parents who help make Belfast a healthy and active city.

Nominations for the Sports Awards 2016 are now open. Nominations close at 12noon on Monday 8th February.

Categories for the Belfast Sports Awards 2016

Pathway to clubs

To recognise an individual who has created a sporting pathway from education to club participation. The individual will have played a key role in guiding children and young adults to long term involvement in sport and physical activity.

Coach of the year

To recognise the contribution of a club coach towards sporting achievement and increasing sporting participation in Belfast with junior, senior, female and disabled athletes. Nominees must hold a recognised sport’s Governing Body qualification.

In the case where a coach is significantly involved with more than one group of athletes please select only one group.

Healthy lifestyle

To recognise the contribution of an individual or group going the extra mile in promoting a healthy city. They should have made a positive impact on raising the profile and increasing awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of an active lifestyle.

Volunteer of the year

To recognise the contribution of the unsung heroes of sport. Nominees should be people volunteering within a sports club or community organisation beyond the coaching role. For example, this could include a parent who drives the team to and from matches every week, or someone who is always fundraising to support the club.

Team of the year

To recognise a locally based sports team in a junior and senior category that has achieved significant success within the last 12 months in their sport. Junior team nominees should be competing up to and including U19 level, above this age group should be nominated in the senior category.

Sports personality of the year

To recognise the achievements of both junior and senior sporting heroes in the international arena. Athletes should have gained significant honours and success within the last 12 months.

Junior nominees should be under the age of 19 and senior nominees over the age of 18 on 1 January 2016.

Sporting hall of fame

To recognise the achievement of Belfast sports people in the international sporting arena. This could include anyone who is a retired athlete or an athlete who is still competing and has achieved significant success in their sport.

The winners

Congratulations to our Belfast Sports Awards 2015 winners.

Award Winner
Lord Mayor’s volunteer of the year award Bernard Rooney
Participation award Jonathon Cooke
Coach – junior award Paul Hamilton
Coach – senior award Damien Duffy
Coach – disability award Ronnie Jones
Coach – female award Shalana Adrian
Active lifestyle award Parkrun
Sports facility award Fit for Life
Sports personality- junior female award Karola Bejenary
Sports personality- junior male award Barry McReynolds
Sports personality- disability female award Beth McCusker
Sports personality- disability male award James MacSorley
Sports personality- senior female award Grace Davitt
Sports personality – senior male award Carl Frampton
Hall of Fame award Keith Crossan
Andrew white
Merit award Dessie Mc Henry
Merit award Ronnie Jones
Lord Mayor’s special merit award Steven Weldon
Lord Mayor’s volunteer of year certificates Claire Kirkwood
Stevie Smith
Susanne Martin
Abbey gymnastics parents fundraising committee
Pat Comerford
Anne Maguire
Angela Horner
Stephen Johnston
Adam Macauley
Bill McCotter


Belfast Sports Awards 2015 video

Watch our sports awards video.

Photo gallery

View photos from the Belfast Sports Awards ceremony.

More info

For more information contact:
Claire Moraghan
Sports Development Officer
Adelaide Exchange
24-26 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9027 0515

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