90 year old Freddie Jardine leads way in Belfast City Council sports awards

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Updated: March 30, 2014

Belfast City Council   has been honouring those sporting heroes who normally are forgotten, the behind the scenes workers, – volunteers, coaches and family members- who help drive sporting stars to success.

 

The prestigious awards announced at a ceremony in Belfast City Hall on Friday night saw the presentation of a special Lifetime Contribution Award to 90 year old Freddie Jardine by Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

 

Golfer Michael Hoey was also surprised with an induction into the Belfast Sporting Hall of Fame, along with rugby star, David Humphreys, and US-based boxer, Wayne McCullough, who sent special thanks via Skype direct to the ceremony.

 

Freddie has served Ireland’s oldest football club Cliftonville as a player, junior manager and following an early injury that ended his playing career, as a Sports Therapist. He continues to hold this role nearly 70 years later.

 

He has been actively involved in helping all age groups at the Club and in the past has also worked with Northern Ireland greats such as Pat Jennings.

 

The Lord Mayor said: “Freddie represents the sort of local sports supporter and volunteer that we are trying to highlight, he has dedicated his life to a local club, contributing much to their success, but never seeking the spotlight.

 

“Tonight is his chance to shine and I know the club manager, players and supporters are delighted that we are recognising his invaluable contribution. Our Hall of Fame stars also are to be congratulated for the example they present to young sports fans in particular, and I am delighted that Michael is able to join us personally on this occasion,” added the councillor.

 

“Sport is a uniting factor, building bridges and friendships as well as that competitive spirit to win, so the council is investing a lot of money in its future in Belfast.”

 

Our £150 million Investment Programme is already delivering results, with new pitches built at Hammer, Marrowbone and Springmartin, as well as world-class biking trails at Barnett Demesne. This summer, we’ll also begin work to upgrade pitches and changing facilities at sites across the city, including Dixon Playing Fields and Falls Park, as part of our £15 million Pitches Strategy, which has been drawn up in consultation with local clubs.

“We have also completed the first year of our Boxing Strategy, where we are investing £200,000 a year for the first three years in local boxing club development, to encourage more participants, provide better coaching, as well as more international experience for our boxers.

 

“However, success cannot come without you here tonight, thank you for your efforts, thanks too, to all those who took the time to nominate individuals for these awards,” said Councillor Ó Muilleoir

 

 

David Humphreys has had a stellar career in rugby being capped 72 times for Ireland and making 165 appearances for the Ulster Team, and is now Director of Ulster Rugby at Ravenhill.

 

Wayne McCullough is the only boxer from Northern Ireland ever to win a WBC World Championship; he is also an Olympic Silver Medallist.

 

Michael won the 2011 Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrew’s Golf Club in Scotland.

 

 

Award winners

 

Category Name Surname   Club  
Participation John Glover   Lagan Valley (Based at Mary Peters)  
Junior Coach of the Year  

Adrian

 

Fulton

   

St. Malachy’s Basketball

 
 

Female Coach of the Year

 

 

Maxine

 

 

O’Boyle

   

 

Albert Foundry

 
 

Senior

Coach of the Year

 

Alison

 

McMullan

   

Abbey Gymnastics

 
 

Disability Coach of the Year

 

Jean

 

McMahon

  Grosvenor Trampolining  
 

Active Lifestyle

 

VC Glendale

   
 

Junior Male Sports Personality

 

James

 

Reid

   

Murakwai Judo Club

 
 

Junior Male Sports Personality

 

Ryan

 

Devine

   

Andersonstown Trampoline Club

 
 

Junior Female Sports Personality

 

Kristina

 

O’Hara

   

Emerald Amateur Club

 
 

Senior Male Sports Personality

 

Iain

 

Lewers

   

Annadale Hockey Club

 
 

Senior Female Sports Personality

 

Melanie

 

Lawther

   

City of Belfast Archery Club

 
 

Disability Male Sports Personality

 

James

 

MacSorley

   

Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club

 
 

Volunteer of the Year

 

Mary

 

Matthews

   

Queen’s Basketball Club

 
 

Junior Volunteer of the Year

 

Cormac

 

McKiernan

   

Reata na Cromoige

 
 

Disability Sports Female Personality

 

Eimear

 

MacSorley

   

Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club

 
 

Sports Facility

 

Waterworks Sports

   
 

Lifetime Contribution

 

Freddie

 

Jardine

   

Clifonville FC

 
 

Sporting Hall of Fame

 

David

 

Wayne

 

Michael

 

Humphreys

 

McCullough

 

Hoey

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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