Thursday, December 5, 2013

Women in the RTE Sports Awards 2013

Annalise Murphy PIC from RTE Awards
That's Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy there, the sole woman nominated for Person of the Year in the RTE Sports Awards 2013. She scooped Gold and the Laser Radial European Champion title in September at home in Dublin.

But this year it's in the team competition where women really get recognised. The Irish rugby team who won the Six Nations and Grand Slam 2013, the Cork Ladies Football team (All-Ireland champions eight times in nine years), and the Galway camogie team ( All-Ireland champions this year after a long drought) are all nominated. 

Also nominated is the Paralympic Swimming team which includes Olympians Bethany Firth and Ellen Keane. The team took home 8 medals from the recent World Championships - 3 silvers for Firth and two bronze for Keane among them.

The success of three of those teams have earned their (male) managers a place in the Manager of the Year category. Philip Doyle for the rugby, Tony Ward for the camogie and Eamonn Ryan for the football. 

If you're in Ireland, Team of the Year is a public vote - would be great to see one of the women's teams winning! Yes, that's a hint - get dialling on December 21st. Details here.

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