The 11th Annual Sports Awards took place once again in the Theatre at The Mill and was attended by over 300 guests. Local personality Jim Neilly compered the ceremony which showcased the sporting talent and contributors in the Borough.
The award winners were as follows:
Services to Sport
Jim Shaw for a lifetime service to football
Junior Team of the Year
St. Enda’s GAC under 14s footballers for their magnificent season culminating in all Ireland triumph
Club of the Year
Templepatrick Cricket Club for an outstanding season
Coach of the Year
Andy McCrea for an outstanding contribution to Newtownabbey and Irish cricket
Junior Sports Person of the Year
Sophie McCoo for an outstanding year competing on a world level
Sports Person of the Year With a Disability
Carole Catling for gold success in the special Olympics world games in Athens
Adult Sportsperson of the Year
Paul Stirling for a “not out!” season with Ireland
Janet Parkinson Memorial Award
Tommy McCollam for a lifetime playing, coaching and promoting local badminton
Hall of Fame Inductee
Rugby Legend Denis McBride for services to rugby
Coaches from St. Enda’s GAC under 14s footballers collect the Junior Team of the Year Award.
Adult Sportsperson of the Year award went to Paul Stirling, collected on his behalf by his father.
The night again was a great success and showcased the undoubted sporting talent in the Borough. The crowd which swelled to over 300 for the awards ceremony witnessed some fantastic performances by both winner and nominees and proved the fact that Newtownabbey sport is definitely on the up!
Sports Development Officer, Dean Holmes said :
“ it was a fantastic night all round with so many worthy winners and nominees and we’re all looking forward to seeing what 2012 will bring!” “special mention to Jim Neilly, Theatre at The Mill staff, Mount Charles catering, 3rd Source Media, Potato Bred and Neil Whiteside who all worked tirelessly to make it such a good night!”
Applications for the 2012 sports awards will open in Autumn 2012.