Kilnamanagh Queen up for RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award

by Jonny Stapleton
0 comment

The Queen of Irish football Katie McCabe will battle it out with sporting royalty for the right to be crowned RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year.

The Kilnamanagh Kid is the only footballer and only Dubliner on the 10-strong Sportsperson of the Year shortlist. The Arsenal star is up for contention for the prestigious award alongside boxers Katie Taylor and Amy Broadhurst, golfer Rory McIlroy, Kerry footballer David Clifford, rugby’s Josh van der Flier, last year’s winner Rachael Blackmore, gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, athletic’s Ciara Mageean, as well as paracyclist Ronan Grimes.

McCabe was nominated on the back of another strong sporting year, she has been a standout for The Gunners in the Women’s Premier League and continued to star for Ireland. Indeed, the 27-year-old FAI Player of the Year captained the Ireland team that made history and qualified for the World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand next year.

Expalining McCabe’s nomination RTE said: “The Arsenal star and Republic of Ireland captain was named the FAI’s Women’s Senior Player of the Year following a series of standout performances, which helped Vera Pauw’s side seal a historic first ever qualification for a major tournament with a World Cup play-off win away to Scotland.”

The odds of a Dublin winner in the Young Sportsperson of the Year award are higher with two of the five nominees hailing from the capital. Rhasidat Adeleke and Eve McMahon both appear on the list of nominations.

Tallaght sprinter Adeleke announced herself on the world stage with a blistering run in the final of the women’s 400m at the European Championship in Munich, finishing fifth, and breaking her own new Irish record she set in May. The fact the young emerging talent broke the Irish indoor 60m record increases her chance of winning the award.

Howth YC sailor, Eve McMahon, who only completed her Leaving Cert in the summer, retained her world title as she won gold at the ILCA6 Youth World Championships in Houston, Texas. The victory added to the golds the 18-year-old won at the Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands, and at the European Youth ILCA6 Championship in Greece earlier in July to clinch a hat-trick of golds.

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley appears on the Manager of the Year shortlist after leading the Tallaght club to a third successive league title and into the group stages of the Europa Conference League. That success ensured The Hoops secured a Team of the Year nomination.

The RTÉ Sport Awards 2022 take place this coming Saturday night live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player from 9:45pm.

Photo by Mateo Villalba Sanchez/Sportsfile

Related Articles