The Sport Industry Awards take place at Dublin’s Mansion House this evening and we will be there to bring you live coverage of all the winners.

It is a special night with Ireland’s leading sporting organisations, sponsors and companies in the business of sport coming together to celebrate a year of achievement and success.

Here are the categories of award and those who have made it through to the shortlist as those who have had the biggest impact over the past twelve months.

Best Sports Business of the Year

Kieran Behan 18/5/2016

Titan Experience have been behind some of the biggest mass participation events of the year from the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in August through another four in 2016 that shut down the city centre of Dublin in order to set sport free.

Inpho Photography have been partners of Sport for Business since our own formation and deliver the images that set sport apart in media and for brands. Just like that of irish gymnast Kieran Behan reproduced above.

Nemeton TV is Ireland’s largest independent TV production company and a major force in sports broadcasting across Rugby, GAA and much more.

Best Emerging Sports Business of the Year (Sponsored by Coca Cola)

Rob Hartnett, Ryle Nugent, Simon Kelehan, Noel Quinn, David O'Shea

Sport for Business is honoured to have been shortlisted for the award having built from scratch a community of business and sporting organisations that now numbers over 160 from AIB and AIG to RTE, the GAA, Vodafone, Red Bull and almost every major sponsor within sport in Ireland.

Gourmet Fuel is another long term friend of ours having built a successful new business in the food and performance nutrition area and secured contracts with some of the biggest organisations in sport.

AGP Consulting is working from its Irish base on global sports events from the Rio Olympics to the Pan American Games.

Best Sponsorship of a Team or Individual 

Giant PwC Irish Rugby Jersey

The shortlisted candidates are all members of the Sport for Business community and have produced some of the most memorable associations between business and sport that Ireland has ever seen.  Each would be a deserving winner of tonight’s accolade.

AIG have partnered with Dublin GAA en route to back to back All Ireland’s; PwC backed Ireland’s U20 Rugby heroes as they took down New Zealand at the World Championships in Manchester; Electric Ireland did likewise with Ireland’s Olympians in Rio and Allianz fulfilled a similar role with our Paralympians that excelled in the same city.

Best Mass Participation Programme (Sponsored by Diageo)

Run in the Dark
SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon & Race Series
Ladies Gaelic Football Association
– The Lidl National Gaelic4Mothers & Others Blitz Day

Best International Sports Event (Sponsored by Fáilte Ireland)

The GAA and Etihad Airways brought the GAA World Games to Dublin to mark the national celebrations of the 1916 Centenary.

Irish American Events limited brought the glamour and scale of College Football to Dublin in September.

Pentathlon Ireland brought the World Junior Championships to the University of Limerick.

Best Sponsorship of a Sporting Event or Competition 

Lidl exploded into major sponsorship with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association
AIG brought hurling to Boston with the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic
AIB bright together the best off Club and County in the GAA

Best Use of Social Media (Sponsored by Paddy power)

Life Style Sports – ­#FootbALLorNothing
AIB – Backing Club and County #TheToughest
Lidl – Ladies Gaelic Football Association

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative in Sport

FAI & IPB – The Late Night Leagues
GAA Healthy Club Project, in Partnership with Irish Life

Best Innovation in Sport 

Powerfullogos 
GolfGraffix
RAMfit

Best LSP Initiative (Sponsored by Dublin City Council):

Cork Local Sports Partnership – West Cork Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub
Meath Local Sport Partnership – Kickstart 2 Recovery in partnership with FAI & HSE
Limerick Sport Partnership – Positive Ageing Week/Go for Life Games

National Governing Body of the Year

Rowing Ireland
Gymnastics Ireland
Swim Ireland
Paralympics Ireland
Hockey Ireland