Local sports stars and volunteers honoured

The Antrim and Newtownabbey Sports Awards winners pictured with elected representatives and special guests.
The Antrim and Newtownabbey Sports Awards winners pictured with elected representatives and special guests.

The first Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Sports Awards took place on Thursday, February 23 at Theatre at The Mill.

Over 200 people attended the glittering awards ceremony which was hosted by local media personality, Denise Watson.

Organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, this prestigious event honoured the outstanding achievements of local sporting stars as well as celebrating the invaluable work carried out by the many hundreds of volunteers and professionals involved in sport within the borough.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr John Scott commented; “Not only do we produce high profile athletes, but we are very fortunate to have an invaluable support system of volunteers and coaches who are the building blocks behind that sporting success.

“I would like to congratulate not only the winners, but each of the nominees. The standard of entries across each of the categories was extremely high and I know the Sports Awards group had a very difficult task selecting the winners.”

British and Irish Rugby Legend and Chairman of the Sports Awards group, Dr Willie John McBride MBE echoed the Mayor’s sentiments. He said: “I believe this is one of the most important events in the council’s calendar and I am delighted that we are able to honour our sporting stars within the borough.

“Sport has the power to inspire and unite people in a way that nothing else does. The standard of nominations we received was outstanding and I would like to congratulate all those who were nominated and shortlisted.”

The winners of each of the categories were:

- Services to Sports: Debbie Peachey, Mossley Hockey Club

- Junior Team of the Year: Merville Ju Jitsu Club

- Club of the Year: Antrim Rovers Football Club

- Coach of the Year: Pauline Thom

- Junior Sportsman of the Year: Tom McKibbin

- Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Dr Michael McKillop

- Adult Sportsperson of the Year: Jonathan Rea

- Janet Parkinson Award: John Jackson, Mark Gleghorne and Paul Gleghorne

For a full list of nominees in each of the categories, go to www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/sportsawards