Sports stars to be honoured at Guildhall

Foyle Springs resident, 84 years-old Billy McCarron pictured receiving his season ticket from Derry City manager Stephen Kenny on Wednesday afternoon. 1401JM15

Foyle Springs resident, 84 years-old Billy McCarron pictured receiving his season ticket from Derry City manager Stephen Kenny on Wednesday afternoon. 1401JM15

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DERRY CITY manager, Stephen Kenny will be special guest of honour as the Derry District Sports Council stages its annual sports awards ceremony at the Guildhall tomorrow evening.

The best in local sporting talent will receive special recognition for their achievements and contributions during 2010 and the ‘Candy Stripes’ boss will address the crowd of budding sports stars who have been nominated in 18 different categories.

Disappointingly, the Council didn’t receive any nominations for one of the more prestigious accolades, the Senior Female Sports Personality award which has been one of the most tightly contested in recent years.

However, there have been plenty of interest in other categories and the Juvenile Female and Male awards will no doubt generate plenty of competition.

Special Sports Personality awards, nominated by Sports Council members, will be presented on the night to Triathlete, Aileen Morrison, Derry City striker Mark Farren and 2010 Airtricity First Division champions, Derry City Football Club.

City of Derry Spartans have been a dominant force in recent years and once again this year they feature in ten different categories.

Both the Spartans men’s squad and female squad go head-to-head for the Sports team of the year award alongside Ardmore Gaelic Football Club, Shooting Starz Gymnastics Club and the North West Regional College U18 football team.

Both the Juvenile Female and Juvenile Male awards are among the most competitive with seven nominees vying for the respective titles.

Among the male category are athletes, Ryan McParland, Andrew Bolster and Ruaidhri O’Neill while Jonathan Casey (Boxing), Kieran Ferry (Kickboxing), Shane Harkin (Kayaking) and Adam McDaid (Gaelic Football) are also in the running.

Other notable categories include the Post Primary School Team award where Lumen Christi’s Netball team are up against St Joseph’s Boy’s Basketball team and St Columb’s College’s football team.