The Irish Times / Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year will be named today at a very special lunch in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.
It has been an incredible year for women in sport, one which is best judged when looking back over time to where we were a short number of years ago.
There is still much that needs to be done to support young girls and women in choosing sport as a way of enhancing their life as it has long done for their fathers and brothers.
The sponsorship and support of brands like Lidl, Liberty Insurance, Littlewoods Ireland, AIB, SoftCo, Aon, TG4, RTÉ, AIG, Investec, KPMG, PwC, Continental Tyres, Electric Ireland and so many more in specific programmes aimed at creating equality of opportunity is a major part of the ecosystem that is strengthening day by day around making it normal for women be involved at every level of sport.
Today though is to mark the achievement of what the Irish Times this morning describes as the Four World champions, World Cup finalists, the fastest Irish woman of all time, the fastest Under-18 1,500m runner in the world, Ireland’s first ever medal winner in an individual modern pentathlon World Cup event, and that’s just for starters.
To the fourteen women who have won a monthly award and who are in the running for today’s main prize we salute you:
December 2017: Fiona McHale
January: Phil Healy
February: Cora Staunton
March: Katie Walsh
April: Leona Maguire
May: Natalya Coyle
June: Sarah Healy
July: Ayeisha McFerran
August: Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal
September: Sanita Puspure and Sinead Aherne
October: Katie Taylor and Rachael Blackmore
November: Kellie Harrington
Image Credit: Irish Times