Leading Isle of Man sport stars set for award ceremony

Zoe Gillings and Peter Kennaugh Cyclist Peter Kennaugh and snowboarder Zoe Gillings won last year's main awards

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The achievements of the island's top sports stars will be recognised at the Isle of Man Sport Awards in Douglas later.

Vice Chairman of Isle of Man Sport Gary Corkhill said it was arguably the hardest selection they have ever made.

He said: "We've got World, European and British Champions to choose from and this evening will be a fantastic showcase for Manx sport."

Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington will be the guest of honour.

The 25-year-old from Mansfield, who retired from competitive swimming last year, became Britain's first female for 48 years to win gold in the pool in Beijing in 2008.

Rebecca Adlington Rebecca Adlington won gold in both the 400m and 800m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

The I'm a Celebrity star said: "I know how popular sport is in the Isle of Man and I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself."

The award ceremony will begin with the swimmer handing out scholarships to 60 Manx athletes, from Manx Sports Aid.

The second half of the ceremony will see 10 awards handed out for the top achievers of 2013, culminating in the sportsman and sportswoman of the year.

Last year, Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Peter Keannugh and snowboarder Zoe Gillings won the top awards.

The ceremony at the Villa Marina will start at 20:30 BST.

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