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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in association with the Sports Association Newry, Down and South Armagh (SANDSA) have launched their inaugural sports awards and nominations are now open for the 13 award categories.

The celebration event will be held on Thursday 7 March 2019 in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

Andy Hall, SANDSA Chairman; Oonagh Murray, from Downpatrick; Claire McCollum, compere; Elena Martin, from Slieve Gullion, and Michael O'Neill, from Newry get ready for the inaugural NMD Sports Awards in Association with SANDSA.
Andy Hall, SANDSA Chairman; Oonagh Murray, from Downpatrick; Claire McCollum, compere; Elena Martin, from Slieve Gullion, and Michael O'Neill, from Newry get ready for the inaugural NMD Sports Awards in Association with SANDSA.

The awards will recognise the remarkable achievements of the local sporting community. Nominations are now open for the NMD Sports Awards in association with SANDSA, with sports clubs, local organisations and sports fans all encouraged to take part.

Speaking at the awards launch, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon, said, “The Council is proud to launch these new sports awards and is keen to support the sporting communities of the district. Empowering and aiding sports clubs to develop and deliver sporting experiences will enable our citizens to be active, right across the range, from grassroots to the highest levels of performance.

“So many exceptional achievements have been racked up by sporting stars across the district and I know that competition will be notable for the 13 awards on offer as we recognise the amazing accomplishments of our local stars throughout 2018.”

The new awards will also pay tribute to the efforts of coaches, volunteers, mentors, teachers and parents who help make Newry, Mourne and Down District Council a healthy and active district.

Award Categories

Junior Club Team of the Year

Senior Club Team of the Year

Sportsperson/Team of the Year with a Disability

Lifetime Services to Sport

Young Sport Volunteer of the Year

Sport Volunteer of the Year

Disability Coach of the Year

Young Technical Official of the Year

Technical Official of the Year

Young Coach of the Year

Performance Pathway Coach of the Year

Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Senior Sportsperson of the Year

At the launch of the first NMD Sports Awards in Association with SANDSA are (back row from left) Councillor Gareth Sharvin, Chair of the Council’s Active and Healthy Communities Committee; Andy Hall, Chairman SANDSA; David Smyth, Sport Northern Ireland; Odhrán Doherty (Disability Sports NI), Michael O'Neill, from Newry; (front row from left) Oonagh Murray, from Downpatrick; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon; Claire McCollum, compere; Elena Martin, from Slieve Gullion, and Jane Gribbin (Volunteer Now).
At the launch of the first NMD Sports Awards in Association with SANDSA are (back row from left) Councillor Gareth Sharvin, Chair of the Council’s Active and Healthy Communities Committee; Andy Hall, Chairman SANDSA; David Smyth, Sport Northern Ireland; Odhrán Doherty (Disability Sports NI), Michael O'Neill, from Newry; (front row from left) Oonagh Murray, from Downpatrick; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Deputy Chairperson, Councillor Oksana McMahon; Claire McCollum, compere; Elena Martin, from Slieve Gullion, and Jane Gribbin (Volunteer Now).

Nominations by 24 January

These prestigious awards are open to nominations from all sports clubs, local organisations or sports fans within the district. Forms will be available from Wednesday 9 January at:

Leisure and Sport Department, Newry Leisure Centre, 60 Cecil Street, Newry, BT35 6AU

Leisure and Sport Department, Down Leisure Centre, 114 Market Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ

or www.newrymournedown.org

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24 January 2019 at 4pm.

Nominations can be returned to either Newry Leisure Centre or Down Leisure Centre or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tickets for the awards evening will be available from Friday 8 February until Friday 22 February 2019.

Please contact Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Leisure and Sport Department for further ticket information. T: 028 3031 3131. E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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