CASTLDERG high jumper Sommer Lecky’s record breaking season received the icing on the cake at the Fir Trees Hotel on Wednesday night when she was named Sports Star of the Year at the 2016/17 Derry and Strabane Sports Awards.
The rising Finn Valley AC star broke the Irish Youth record on her way to claiming gold in the national indoor championships earlier this year as well as winning the Scottish Open and English Indoor Under 20 titles in a breakthrough season.
The event was also an opportunity for the City and district’s sports fraternity to remember two local soccer legends as Derry City captain Ryan McBride and Strabane soccer stalwart Felix McCrossan posthumously entered the Sports Awards Hall of Fame.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, was guest of honour at the awards where he congratulated everyone who played their part in another memorable year for local sport.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees in the 2017 Derry and Strabane Sports Awards,” he said.
“The Awards are an ideal way to acknowledge and reward the hard work and dedication that so many local people put into sport at all levels across the City and District.
“Our local sports people have once again achieved notable success at local, national and international level and this is the perfect opportunity to recognise that.”
In the team sections St Mary’s Primary School Strabane’s Boys and Girls Futsal sides were named School Team of the Year for their remarkable double success at the Northern Ireland schools finals while Donemana’s cricketers won Team of the Year. Sion Swifts Ladies claimed the coveted Club of the Year title.
Rising Tyrone GAA Star Cathal McShane’s outstanding year was also recognised as he received the Special award.