Michael Conlan named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year for 2015

Michael Conlan with his award
Michael Conlan with his award

Boxer Michael Conlan has been named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year for 2015.

Earlier this year Conlan became the first Irish male to win a senior World Amateur Championship title with victory in the bantamweight final where he beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan on a unanimous points decision in Doha.

The 24-year-old Ireland team captain added the World crown to his European and Commonwealth titles and has already qualified for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

The award was judged by a panel including Executive Producer of BBC Sport, Jane Tohill, Steven Beacom from The Belfast Telegraph, Kenny Archer from The Irish News, Richard Mulligan from The News Letter, Margaret O’Hare, Senior Producer BBC Sport, Shane Glynn, Managing Editor BBC Northern Ireland Production.

BBC Northern Ireland Sport reporter Thomas Kane presented Michael with the award on Wednesday afternoon.

“It is great to win such a prestigious award after a phenomenal year for me personally,” Michael said.

“Previous winners have included legends of their sports, and to join that elite company is very special.”

Conlan topped the field to become BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year 2015 after being hotly-contested by Northern Ireland football captain Steven Davis who guided his team to Euro 2016, and Jonathan Rea who clinched the World Superbike Championship.

Jane Tohill, Executive Producer, BBC Sport NI added: “Once again the judging panel had a tough decision to make this year. It has been a remarkable year for Northern Ireland Sport and the calibre of the finalists was very high.

“Michael Conlan’s achievements in 2015 have been exceptional. The judging panel for BBC Sport NI are delighted to present Michael with this award. He continues to inspire young people in the world of boxing and we applaud his hard work and success.”

Michael received his award in the run up to this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year to be held in Belfast this weekend.