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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 December, 2003, 17:24 GMT
Canavan wins BBC award
Tyrone's Peter Canavan
Canavan celebrated All-Ireland glory this year
Tyrone's All-Ireland winning captain Peter Canavan is the BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year.

It was yet another prize for the veteran campaigner who will now be invited to next Sunday's 50th anniversary of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in London.

The Errigal Ciaran club man received the decision from the judges ahead of motor-cycling ace Adrian Archibald and blind water-skier Janet Gray.

BBC Northern Ireland Sport asked local sports fans for nominations and received dozens of suggestions for local sporting personalities from a variety of sports.

The five-man BBC judging panel of Jackie Fullerton, Jerome Quinn, Stephen Watson, Adam Coates and John Haughey, selected the winner from the nominations received.

The 32-year-old Canavan lead Tyrone to a 0-9 to 0-12 victory over Armagh in the first All-Ireland final featuring counties from the same province.

Second-placed Adrian Archibald from Ballymoney earned second place by showing tremendous courage and resolve.

He won his first Isle of Man TT race after the death of team-mate David Jeffries which showed he has the nerves of a champion on and off the track.

Meanwhile, Janet Gray is no stranger to awards. She won the World Blind Water-Ski title for the third year in-a-row, setting new world records at the event in Altamonte Springs in Florida.

This award represents the success and influence that Peter had in making it a reality
BBC NI Sports Editor
Edward Smyth
The Hillsborough girl, who received the MBE in the 2001 New Year Honours, defeated very strong international competition from 70 skiers representing 17 countries.

She has proved to be an example to any sports person, showing courage, spirit, character and determination.

Edward Smith, Editor of Sport BBC Northern Ireland praised Canavan's efforts this season.

"It's been an historic year for Tyrone GAA,'' s aid Smyth. ''Their talisman captain Peter Canavan has played a huge part in their drive for the All-Ireland title for many years.

''It is a fantastic achievement for Peter and the team and this award represents the success and influence that he has had in making it a reality.

"However it was still an incredibly difficult task for the judging panel to select one winner from the local sportsmen and women nominated who all excelled in their sporting discipline.

''Peter has been a great ambassador for his team, his county and his sport and being named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year rounds of a magnificent year for him."

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