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Shortlisted nominees announced for the Mid Ulster District Council Sports Awards 2024

The finalists contending for a prestigious honour at the Mid Ulster District Council Sports Awards 2024 have been revealed, showcasing a diverse array of individuals recognised for their exceptional skills and achievements.

The nominees span various categories, encompassing individuals, teams, coaches, and groups, as well as inspirational volunteers and Unsung Heroes.

Upwards of 70 nominations were received by the Council, representing a broad spectrum of sporting accomplishments, and while everyone’s achievements were impressive, those outstanding nominees secured a spot on the shortlist in eight different categories. The sheer number of entries underlines that the Mid Ulster District is a hub for inclusive sporting excellence. 

The independent judging panel was not only impressed by the quantity but also by the exceptionally high quality of the nominations received.

Chair of the council, Councillor Dominic Molloy told us:

I am thrilled to announce that some remarkable nominations across eight categories have made it to the shortlist, further illustrating that the Mid Ulster area stands as a beacon of participative sporting excellence. The energy and enthusiasm witnessed in our community are truly inspiring, reflecting the deep-rooted passion for sports that defines our district. 

"As we approach the award ceremony, let us anticipate a night of celebration, where we come together to honour the dedication, passion, and accomplishments that define sports in the Mid Ulster District. May the spirit of friendly competition and the joy of shared victories continue to strengthen our community bonds.

"Once again, congratulations to all the nominees, and we look forward to an evening of revelry and acknowledgment at the upcoming awards ceremony on Tuesday 26th March in the fabulous Burnavon Theatre in Cookstown.” 

The shortlisted finalists are:

Award Category  Finalists 
Volunteer of the Year Lynsey Arthurs
Nula Breen
Conleth Gallagher
Chris McDowell
Chris McSwiggan
Unsung Hero  Noel Browne
Brian Dallas
Shauna Deighan
Martin McConnell
Mark McErlean
Coach of the Year Christopher Brady
Declan Gormley 
Michael Henry
Declan McEldowney 
Owen Murray 
Young Sports Person of the Year Caitlin Gribbin
Johnny McGuckian
Charlie Mulligan
Michael O'Neill 
Clara Watt
Sports Person of the Year (Disability) Emmett O’Dwyer 
Eamon Quinn 
Raymond Singleton
Samantha Josephine Sweeney {Sammy Jo Sweeney} 
Team of the Year Josie McGuckin and Kayleigh Mulholland 
Lavey Senior Ladies Football Team 
Magherafelt Sky Blues FC 2010 Youth Team
Marty McCormack & Barney Mitchell 
Watty Grahams Glen Senior Football Team 
Club of the Year Ballinascreen GAC
Coagh United Football Club
Cookstown Swimming Club
Eagles Special Olympics Club
Keep 'Er Lit Running Club
Sports Person of the Year Áine Barton
Cameron Dawson 
Oisin Ferrity 
Nick Griggs
Benny Heron

Shortlisted finalists will head to The Burnavon Theatre on Tuesday 26th March to celebrate their sporting achievements and hear the winners in each category announced.