Unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor was named Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2020 just before Christmas.

The Bray woman defended her IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO titles after a close encounter with battling Belgium orthodox Delfine Persoon last year and also beat Miriam Gutierrez in 2020 to retain her belts.

Taylor won 18 major titles – including Ireland’s only Olympic gold in any sport this century at London 2012 – in the amateur ranks before turning pro after the Rio Olympics.

The Wicklow woman also claimed five Irish Elite belts at Dublin’s National Stadium and was ranked No. 1 in the world for ten straight years in the 60kg category before switching codes.

As sporting activities were put on hold due for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers decided to honour several sportswomen for their inspirational contributions to the wider community this year.

The three award winners honoured were 2018 World Elite champion Kellie Harrington, Gaelic footballer Orlagh Farmer and runner Gina Akpe-Moses.

2020 was the 17th year of the awards.