A night to remember

Celebrating the presentation of Sports Volunteer Awards. Back row, from left, are Brian Brown (Portadown Panthers Learning Disability Tag Rugby Club), Mary Martin (Portadown Ladies' Hockey Club), Kenny Boyes (Waringstown Cricket Club), Catherine Henderson (on behalf of Margaret Moriarty, St Enda's Camogie Club), Brian McGurgan (Annagh United Football Club). Front row, from left, are Francis Reynolds (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council treasurer), Denise Watson (compere) and Edith Jamison (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council chair).
Celebrating the presentation of Sports Volunteer Awards. Back row, from left, are Brian Brown (Portadown Panthers Learning Disability Tag Rugby Club), Mary Martin (Portadown Ladies' Hockey Club), Kenny Boyes (Waringstown Cricket Club), Catherine Henderson (on behalf of Margaret Moriarty, St Enda's Camogie Club), Brian McGurgan (Annagh United Football Club). Front row, from left, are Francis Reynolds (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council treasurer), Denise Watson (compere) and Edith Jamison (Craigavon Sports Advisory Council chair).
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Hundreds recently helped celebrate continued success by competitors from the borough during Craigavon’s 33rd Sports Personality Of The Year awards ceremony.

The main honours were awarded in the fields of motorsport, bowls and golf on the gala occasion in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

The function - hosted by Craigavon Sports Advisory Council with main sponsorship support from Rushmere Shopping Centre - also recognised achievements by representatives of archery, learning disability tag rugby, cricket, camogie and football.

Robert McVeigh was awarded a Service To Sport honour in tribute to his work as chef de mission for Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Colin Turkington - the Portadown-born British Touring Car Championship title-winner - won the Male Sports Personality Of The Year award.

The Female Sports Personality Of The Year prize went to Drumgor Bowling Club’s Catherine McMillen thanks to fourth with Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games.

Lurgan Golf Club ladies collected the Team Of The Year title thanks to a first-ever All-Ireland Junior Cup triumph.

Two bowlers from St Mark’s - Joe Beattie and Pauline Beattie - finished with the Mary McNally Memorial Trophy following a season capped by glory at the World Indoor Pairs Championships.

Craigavon Archery Club members’ commitment to community was celebrated. The Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Colin McCusker handed over the Fergie Dawson Community Sport award

Sports Volunteer Award recipients were Brian Brown (Portadown Panthers Learning Disability Tag Rugby Club), Mary Martin (Portadown Ladies’ Hockey Club), Kenny Boyes (Waringstown Cricket Club), Catherine Henderson (on behalf of Margaret Moriarty, St Enda’s Camogie Club) and Brian McGurgan (Annagh United Football Club).

Thanks go to the various category sponsors, plus Denise Watson for operating as compere.