Glitz and glamour donned the red carpet for the Her Sport Awards presented by Gym+Coffee on Saturday, 19th of February as Irish sports stars were celebrated and winners of the fourth annual Her Sport Awards presented by Gym+Coffee were crowned. A stellar event from start to finish, with many commenting how fantastic the panel discussion with Clíona O’Leary, Lindsay Peat and Rob Heffernan was, as well as a standing ovation for the first inductee for the Her Sport Hall of Fame. Her Sport founder Niamh Tallon and renowned presenter, Maire Treasa Ni Dhubhghaill hosted the event.
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Did you miss the event but want to catch all the action? The highlights of the Her Sport Awards presented by Gym+Coffee will be shown on TG4 at 3.30pm, Saturday 26th February, as well as the full show available on the Her Sport channels. Definitely worth a watch!
The first award of the night went to Meath Football who claimed Team of the Year sponsored by Sky. Maire Treasa Ni Dhubhghaill interviewed Meath manager, Eamon Murray, about the outstanding success of the team in 2021. “It’s an inspiration for every county,” said Murray. “If we can do it, anyone can do it.”
Meath’s success was one of the real stories of 2021. Just three years prior they were playing in Division 3, now they are All-Ireland champions. They had knocked the seemingly unbeatable Dubs off their throne, with Meath claiming their first ever senior title only a year after winning the intermediate title. A story for the history books!
Sligo’s Mona McSharry was the winner of the Young Athlete of the Year Award sponsored by WHOOP. The swimming superstar made a splash in 2021, as she became the first Irish swimmer in 25 years to make an Olympic swimming final. Later in the year, McSharry won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Abu Dhabi where she also set an astonishing EIGHT Irish records at the competition. At just 21 years old, Mona McSharry has achieved more than many Irish swimmers in their careers, continuing to push Irish swimming forward.
Tipperary’s Rachael Blackmore was voted the Athlete of the Year sponsored by Revive Active. The trailblazing jockey made history in 2021 as she asserted herself as one of the best jockeys in the world. Blackmore became the first woman to be named leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival, riding SIX winners, including success with Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle. A week later, the Tipperary trailblazer racked up victory at the Grand National on Minella Times. When Blackmore received her award, there was clear delight and excitement, as she said how it means so much to win an award voted by the public, realising her achievements had made true impact.
Proudly sponsored by Clubforce, there was a standing ovation for the first inductee to the Her Sport Hall of Fame. Olivia O’Toole, who was surprised on the night, as she was honoured for her huge contribution to sport. “I never thought I would be a role model for anyone”, she told Maire Treasa, after watching a tribute video of international stars Katie McCabe, Aine O’Gorman and Louise Quinn sharing how much of an impact the footballing legend had on them and their careers. An incredible interview for an incredible athlete who has contributed so much to football and sport!
A big thank you to everyone who helped us pull of this event, including; Gym Plus Coffee, WHOOP, Sky, Clubforce, UCD, TG4 and Jabe Media.