KEN Nixon from Killinchy is the recipient of the Paddy Patterson Award which recognises individuals who have brought honour to the province and served Ulster sport with great distinction over a period of years.
It is not only the sport of badminton that Ken has made an impact through his volunteering efforts.
He is a Trustee of the Mary Peters Trust and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council.
As a lawyer, with a keen interest in sport and the law he has provided pro bono advice to governing bodies and clubs over a number of years.
Jackie Fullerton who was host for the evening said: “Ken is hugely respected in the administration of local sport, always available for advice, with a great depth of knowledge and wisdom. He is a worthy recipient of the Paddy Patterson Award.