Athletics: Ryan crowned Athlete of Year
Published 17/11/2011 | 05:00
Deirdre Ryan of Dundrum South Dublin AC was crowned Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Saturday night. The event was organised in association with Woodie's DIY and Tipperary Crystal.
It was due reward for her long-time dedication to training for the highly technical high jump event.
Ryan's season's best jump of 1.95m in the World championships in Daegu was an Irish record, as well as an 'A' qualifying standard for the London Olympics.
There was double celebration for Dundrum South Dublin, as they received the highly prestigious Club of the Year Award in recognition of the exceptional success in cross-country, road running and track & field competition throughout the year.
The Emerging Athlete of the Year Award went to the hugely talented Kate Veale of West Waterford AC, who won the gold medal in the 5k race walk at the World Youths Track & Field Championships.
Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC) was named Junior Athlete of the Year in recognition of her silver medal in the 1500m at the European Championships in Estonia and her Irish Junior 1500m record of 4:07.45 set at the IMC Grand Prix Final in Birmingham.
Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) earned the U-23 Athlete of the Year gong for his silver medal at 400m at the European U-23 Track & Fields in Ostrava -- running a personal best of 46.12 seconds. A month later, the DCU student dipped under 46 seconds for the first time when placing fifth in the World Student Games in 45.96.
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) took the Endurance Athlete of the Year Award, while the Irish men's U-23 Team that won gold in the European Cross-Country took the Team of the Year award.
Ciaran O'Lionaird (Leevale AC) won the Inspirational Performance of the Year Award.