The Irish 2012 Olympic Boxing Team are to be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Canon Hayes Sports Awards Banquet on Saturday November 24th. Following a meeting of the National Judging Panel, Sports Centre Chairman Martin Quinn said that the Judging Panel had decided unanimously to make the award to the Irish Boxing Team in recognition of their success in winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the London Olympics. He said that the team had lifted the souls, minds and hearts of the Irish people and that their success was undoubtedly the outstanding achievement of 2012.
“Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon brought gold, silver and bronze home from London 2012 and in doing so have written their names into the history books. We salute their magnificent achievements and that of their coaches and fellow team members and are delighted to recongise this success with the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award” said Martin Quinn. The Award will be presented to members of the team at the Awards Banquet on November 24th.
It was also announced that the “Memory Man”, broadcaster Jimmy Magee will receive the Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award at the Awards Banquet. Jimmy is being presented with the award in recognition of over half a century in sports broadcasting. He joined RTE in 1956 and covered his first World Cup for RTÉ Radio in 1966. He has presented radio and television coverage of the Olympic Games since 1968 and is the longest-serving sports commentator.
The short list of three nominees for the Local Award have also been announced by the Local Judging Panel. The nominees are Mark Hoban (Soccer), Aoife Lowry (Golf) and Dermot Radford (Cycling).
St. Michael’s Schoolboys and Youths player Mark Hoban was capped at under age level for the Republic of Ireland in 2012. He played in the Kennedy Cup last year which is historically considered to be the breeding ground for all future Irish under-age and senior international players and went on to captain the Emerging Talent Programme Team in Waterford. He made his International debut when he represented Ireland at U15 level in a double header in Austria in April and was on the Ireland U16 Squad for the Umbro Galway Cup in August. He remains on the U16 panel for consideration for future international games in 2013.
This year golfer Aoife Lowry, who plays off a handicap of 3, made history in her club twice, firstly by winning her Mother’s Lady Captain’s prize and secondly by winning the Daily Mail All-Ireland Foursomes partnered with her mother. This was achieved by progressively defeating opponents from clubs from around Ireland culminating in qualification for the finals and in Carton House where they were victorious over Loughall of Armagh in the semi-final and Malahide in the final. A first for Tipperary Golf Club with back to back wins, and the first time the trophy has been won by a Mother and Daughter.
Cyclist Dermot Radford moved up to face the challenge of riding A2 grade this year after making steady progress in 2011. Moving up to this grade would see him facing higher speeds, longer endurance and much more aggression. His winter training worked to his advantage and payed off with some good placings. He has shown good form during the year. In May of this year he performed well during the four stages of the Corkman 3 Day race and completed the race in 14th position overall, 32 seconds off the lead. He went on from this to take a fine win in the Ken O’Keeffe Memorial race when he just edged out Michael Lucey of Carrick Wheelers on the slightly uphill drag to the finish line in Whitechurch, Co. Cork. The Tipperary Wheelers rider had a half wheel on Lucey as he crossed the line, with Bryan Long of Cork in third. He also came second in the Munster Time Trial senior category. He has certainly met the challenge of the new grade this year and has shown continued improvement in this his third year of road racing.
The short list of nominees for the County and National Awards will be announced in next week’s issue.
Along with the main category awards there is also a Volunteer in Sport Award which honours those who volunteer their time and effort to the development of sport in South Tipperary. The award is sponsored by South Tipperary Sports Partnership and the winner will be announced on the night of the Awards Banquet.
The award nominees are:
Terry Lonergan, Carrick Swans GAA Club
Geraldine Meagher, Scoil Aonghusa Special Olympics Club Polly Murphy, Clonmel Swimming Club/Co. Tipperary Community Games Carmel O’Connell, St. Mary’s Camogie Club Jimmy O’Connell, Arravale Rovers GAA Club Andrea O’Dea, Clonmel Junior Hockey Club Paul Scully, Fethard & District Rugby Club Anyone wishing to support nominees for the various awards can reserve tickets by contacting Martin Quinn at 087-6101628. Please note that tickets are limited so it is important to reserve tickets as soon as possible. Tickets cost €50 each. Awards will be presented by Sports Minister, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D. and Dress is Black Tie.