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Rowing coach Platt wins BBC award

Rowing coach Bobby Platt from Coleraine is chosen as BBC Sports 2009 Unsung Hero for Northern Ireland.

Rowing coach Bobby Platt from Coleraine has been chosen as BBC Sports 2009 Unsung Hero for Northern Ireland.

Bobby, who is 87 and has given more than 60 years' service to rowing, received his award from Olympic rower Richard Archibald on Thursday.

"Bobby has seen many successes at Bann Rowing Club as an oarsman, a cox and a coach. Thousands have benefited from his expertise," said Archibald.

Bobby and 14 other regional winners now go on to the national final.

The winner will be announced live on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme on 13 December.

Bobby Platt first captained Bann Rowing Club in 1959 and again from 1972 to 1983 but it was as a coach he excelled, nurturing several rowers to Olympic standard at Coleraine Institute.

Alan Campbell, a 2008 Olympic finalist in the single scull and world silver medallist in 2009, began his career under Platt.

It was only recently that he announced he was retiring from coaching.

Shane Glynn, Editor Sport BBC Northern Ireland, said: "Bobby has been an inspiration to so many people in his community and is a worthy winner of the BBC Sports Unsung Hero title here.

"As in previous years, it has been difficult to pick one winner from those who were nominated. There are so many people here who make such a valuable contribution to their sport and to their area.

"Bobby has given a lot to the sport of rowing in Northern Ireland over the years and we wish him all the best at the overall awards in Sheffield in December."

see also
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Frank a knockout as Unsung Hero
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Red letter day for Michael
22 Nov 07 |  Sports Personality
Magilton lauds BBC NI Unsung Hero
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Queen's stalwart is unsung hero
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