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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in association with the Sports Association Newry, Down and South Armagh (SANDSA) has announced the finalists of their inaugural sports awards.

The winners of the NMD Sports Awards in association with SANDSA will be unveiled at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry Thursday 7 March 2019.

Tickets for the gala dinner and award ceremony are now on sale.

Speaking about the event, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I am delighted that this new sports award will recognise the considerable achievement of individual sports people, clubs and all those whose efforts deliver sporting experiences and success in our district.”

The 13 categories within the awards recognise the achievements of the district’s sporting stars as well as the efforts of coaches, volunteers, mentors, teachers, and parents that support sporting endeavour throughout the area.

Shortlisted Finalists

Junior Club Team of the Year 2018

Killeavy Ladies Gaelic Football under 16 Team 

Warrenpoint Golf Club, Irish Junior Foursomes

Down Netball under 14 Team

Senior Club Team of the Year 2018

The Ballynahinch Rugby Football Club 1st XV (Fifteen)

St Mary’s Burren

Kilkeel Hockey Club

Sportsperson/Team of the Year with a Disability 2018

Peadar Connolly - Sportability

Martin Cunningham – Kazoku Karate

Clanrye Football Team

Life-Time Services to Sport:

Gerard Magorrian –  St John’s Gaelic Athletic Club

Joe Quinn – East Down Athletics Club

Oliver McGauley – Newry & Bessbrook Angling Association

Young Sport Volunteer of the Year 2018:

Megan McTeer – Downpatrick School of Lifesaving

Aaron Donnell – Ballynahinch Hockey Club

Rebecca McCann – Castlewellan Park Run

Senior Sport Volunteer of the Year 2018:

Aine Crilly – Down Ladies Gaelic Football

John Cookson, Glenn John Martin GAA

Sinead Reel – Silverbridge Harps GAA

Disability Coach of the Year 2018:

George Moffet – Clanrye Football Club

Yvonne Smyth – Downpatrick School of Lifesaving

Esther King – Newry City Special Olympics

Young Technical Official of the Year 2018:

Claire Morrissey – The Trampoline Network

Adam Brown – Killyleagh Table Tennis Club

Young Club Coach of the Year 2018:

Jessica Hassan – Mourne Gymnastics Club

Stacie Cunningham – Newcastle Karate Club

Claire Morrissey – The Trampoline Network

Senior Performance Pathway Coach of the Year 2018:

Cathal Roger – Glenn John Martin GAC

Natalie Reilly – Down Netball Club

Cathal Fegan - Taekwondo

Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2018:

Reuben Reilly – Tir Na Nog Trampoline Club

Tomás McKeever – CF Taekwondo

Lauren Madine – East Down Athletic Club

Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2018:

Aoife Loye – CF Taekwondo

Graham Ochiltree – Martial Arts, The Bryansford Academy

Emma McQuaid – Cross Fit/Weightlifting

Senior Technical Official of the Year 2018:

Helen McKee – Newry City Special Olympic Club

Tickets for the NMD Sports Awards Gala Dinner are available online at www.newrymournedown.org

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