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Gareth Mahood wins Unsung Hero Award for Northern Ireland

Congratulations to British Canoeing Board member Gareth Mahood, who has won the BBC Sport Unsung Hero 2023 for Northern Ireland.

Gareth runs the Ulster Canoe Club, keeping membership costs low in order to increase diversity and inclusivity, and offering kit for free.

Having overcome personal adversity in recent years, Gareth also volunteers with various youth groups - getting young people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity involved in paddle sports.

Gareth is one of fifteen national and regional winners in contention to be crowned the 2023 BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero of the Year.

The honour celebrates the best volunteers in sport, whose work is making a real difference in communities across the UK every day.

The overall winner will be announced at the Sports Personality show, which takes place on Tuesday, 19 December from 19:00 GMT on BBC One live from Salford.