Dunlop ‘honoured’ to be recognised
Thursday, 10 November 2016
ROAD racer Michael Dunlop says it is a 'great honour' to be named the Causeway Coast and Glens 'Sports man of the Year' after being presented with his award at the annual ceremony in Coleraine on Friday night.
The Ballymoney man saw off the challenge of cyclist John Madden, clay target shooter John Church and the powerlifting duo of Les and Brian Steele to clinch the award in front of over 300 guests at the Lodge Hotel.
The award comes at the end of a hugely successful year for Dunlop who enjoyed success at both the International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT Races.
“It doesn't matter what sport you play, it's great to be recognised in your own town," said Dunlop.
“I've got many awards across the country but for some reason the ones you get at home seem to be nicer.
“The functions maybe not as big but you feel more excited about getting something here than you would there because it's your home town.
“It's nice to be recognised for what you do. I do it for the town and for myself because I want to keep Ballymoney going on the map.
“I want to do the best I can and it's nice for them to turn around and say well done and get a thumbs-up, especially as the councils are now all one.
“To be the Sports Man of the Year is lovely," he added.
Other big winners on the night included four-time Olympic rower Alan Campbell.
The Coleraine man, who only recently retired from the sport, was a popular inductee into the Hall of Fame.
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