Sligo teen takes top sports award for 2017
MONA McSHARRY was named the Irish Young Sportsperson of the Year last night, Saturday.
The award was announced during a live two-hours telecast by RTÉ.
It came just hours after the Grange teenager finished fifth in her first ever senior final in international swimming.
McSharry set a new Irish record in yesterday afternoon’s final in Copenhagen.
The event was the 100 metres breaststroke, for which she won a world junior title four months ago.
The main winners named last night were in soccer , snooker, show jumping.....and swimming, specifically Sligo’s top swimmer.
Left: Mona was presented with her award in Copenhagen where she is currently competing. See the presentation on RTÉ Player link below
The five main awards read like a ‘who’s who’ of Irish sport in 2017.
The RTÉ event also paid special tribute to the memory of the Memory Man Himself, the late Jimmy McGee, who died recently.
Sportsperson of the year: James McClean;
Team of the year: The Irish showjumping team;
Manager of the year: Aidan O'Brien;
Hall of Fame inductee: Ken Doherty;
Young sportsperson of the year: Mona McSharry.
McSharry’s award is the inaugural event in this category for which there was a shortlist of three. See link below.
The scale of her achievement as an amateur sports woman at seventeen years of age can be gauged by the company of highly-paid professional she joined last night.
Presentation - RTÉ Player Link
Links: See Sligo Today 16/12/2017