Excellence in an International Field Award
Excellence in an International Field Nominees
Ballinamallard man Wayne Balfour became the British Open clay pigeon champion with a superb display of shooting in Scotland. He saw off competition from 500 other shooters to reach the final.
When that finished deadlocked, Balfour produced a nerveless shoot to win in sudden death.
It was a remarkable year for young Derrygonnelly man Micheal Glynn. He cemented his place with the Northern Ireland u15s with impressive displays at home and abroad. The defender showed he knows where the goals are too, hitting the net in Northern Ireland’s win 3-1 against Estonia.
Enniskillen rower Holly Nixon was hard at it in 2017. She and her Great Britain quadruple sculls comrades claimed bronze at the European Rowing Championships finals in Racice before going on to underline that achievement with another bronze at the World Championships in Florida.
Willie Mavitty had great year of rallying with a Group N win at Ulster Rally helping him to the ITRC2 and FIA Celtic Trophy titles. A Group win at Cork 20 gave him the opportunity drive at the European finals in Portugal where he finished first of the British Isles drivers participating.
Irvinestown’s Mr Tennis, John Maguire, continued to progress in the international ranks. Last year saw him selected for the Irish 55s team to contest the ITF Seniors World Tennis Championships in Miami in the autumn. He more then played his part too, defying the heat to pick up world points.
The Irish Age Group championships saw Ellie McCartney making a real name for herself. She blitzed her way to 200m and 100m 12 and under breaststroke gold, as well as 200m IM gold and 50m freestyle bronze. Her 200m time made her the fastest 12-year-old in Britain and Ireland for 2017.
Please note: One vote per IP address. Your vote does not determine the overall winner but helps create awareness of the shortlisted nominees.
Deadlines: For ‘public view’ of votes: 5pm, Friday 19th January 2018
Final voting deadline is: 10am, Monday 22nd January 2018.