The fifth annual Her Sport Awards took place in front of an enthusiastic live audience of 500 at the UCD Astra Hall on Saturday night.

Ireland WNT captain Katie McCabe came out victorious over stiff competition in the Athlete of the Year Award sponsored by Braeburn coffee, capping off a fantastic year for the Dublin woman.

Having led Ireland to their inaugural Women’s World Cup, scoring the country’s first goal at that tournament and picking up a FIFA Ballon d’Or nomination for her efforts, the Arsenal star now adds Her Sport Athlete of the Year to her vast list of achievements. Her Dad Gary was there on the night to pick up her award and hinted that McCabes younger sister was also progressing well through the game.

Swimmer Ellen Walshe scooped the Young Athlete of the Year Award, sponsored by Whoop.

The Templeogue swimmer secured two medals at the U23 European Swimming Championships, a gold in the 200-metre individual medley and a silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and looks set to continue her fine form at the Olympic Games this summer.

She came from swimming in the morning to pick up the award in person and impress the audience with her focus and her enthusiasm.

The Awards are voted for by readers and social media fans of Her Sport and they showed themselves to have perfect timing with the Irish Rugby Sevens named as the Team of the Year sponsored by Sky.

Irish hurdler and Olympian Sarah Lavin was named the Personality of the Year sponsored by AYA, recognising her phenomenal achievements amidst diversity and extremely difficult personal circumstances last year.

Fiona Coghlan is the latest entrant into the Her Sport Hall of Fame, and was choking up as the plaudits came at her from former teammates and clear lifelong friends Lynne Cantwell, Niamh Briggs and Joy Neville amongst others.

The winner of the Community Award sponsored by Energia was Carmel Grealy.

The Ballinasloe woman has been involved in her local Community Games for more than 50 years. She exemplifies the criteria of someone who could be referred to as a behind the scenes hero, with the award itself allowing for an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary in the ordinary and the phenomenal work volunteers do around the country.

The evening rounded out with a panel discussion on Women in the Sporting Media with Her Sport founder Niamh Tallon, Paul Galvin and Shebahn Aherne joining host Maire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill on the couch.

The entire awards ceremony will be available to view in the coming weeks on TG4, with plenty of clips, snippets and behind the scenes content set to populate Her Sport’s social channels as well.


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