Sport and Leisure

MEA Sports Awards 2019

The fourth annual Sports Awards took place in the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.

Nominees from the sporting world, including coaches, teams and individuals, all battled it out in nine categories to clinch the trophies.

The award winners include:

  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Christopher Donald – Cycling
  • Veteran’s Award – Trevor Calderwood – Motocross
  • Sportsperson with a Disability – Claire Taggart - Boccia
  • Services to Sport – John Maybin - Rugby
  • School Sporting Performance – Ballymena Academy Medallion Rugby
  • Sportsperson of Year – Ayeisha McFerran - Hockey
  • Team of the Year – Whitehead Bowling Team
  • Coach of the Year – Gary McKeegan - Cycling
  • Hall of Fame – Jonathan Bell – Rugby

This year two £500 bursaries from Balon Sportswear were also awarded to Joel McKimm (golf) and Katie and Isla Allen (athletics).

View the photos of our winners

Ireland hockey star Ayeisha McFerran was crowned sportsperson of the year.

One of Ulster Ruby’s biggest names, Jonathan Bell was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.