Two boxers, Kellie Harrington and Katie Taylor, are among 8 athletes shortlisted for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year Award.
The nominees include 6 women, after an historic 2021.
RTÉ says of Olympic Champion, Kellie Harrington “Portland Row boxer Harrington won gold in the lightweight boxing final at Tokyo Games. She delivered an exhibition of intelligent fighting to claim her unanimous decision victory over reigning world champion Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil.”
And of Katie Taylor “‘Pride of Bray’ Taylor remains the undisputed lightweight world champion after twice this year successfully defending her titles. Natasha Jonas was beaten on a hard-fought points decision in Manchester, before American Jennifer Han was defeated with ease in Leeds. Taylor fights Firuza Sharipova on Saturday night in Liverpool.”
The other nominees are Rachael Blackmore, Ellen Keane, Cian Lynch, Leona Maguire, Jason Smyth and Vikki Wall. The winner will be announced live on RTÉ One next Saturday, 18 December.
The Sportsperson of the Year is selected by a judging panel. The criteria can be read here