Monday 26 September 2016

'Honoured and humbled' Katie Taylor scoops top gong at boxing awards in Washington

Bernard O'Neill

Published 30/10/2015 | 07:24

Katie Taylor holds her award for Best Female Athlete of European Games 2015, during an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Katie Taylor holds her award for Best Female Athlete of European Games 2015, during an Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(L-R) Pat Hickey, Katie Taylor, Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan and Claudia Bokel of Germany pose on stage during the 2015 ANOC Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic champion Katie Taylor scooped one of the top Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) awards in Washington last night.

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The five-time AIBA World Elite lightweight champion was selected as the Best Female Athlete from the inaugural 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan last June.

Taylor won gold in the Azeri capital to secure her 18th major title.

The Bray woman was presented with her award by Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland and the European Olympic Council, at the DAR Constitution Hall last evening.

(L-R) Pat Hickey, Katie Taylor, Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan and Claudia Bokel of Germany pose on stage during the 2015 ANOC Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
(L-R) Pat Hickey, Katie Taylor, Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan and Claudia Bokel of Germany pose on stage during the 2015 ANOC Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor, who will be aiming to match Cuban boxing legend Felix Savon’s all-time record of six successive AIBA World Elite titles in Kazakhstan next May, said the accolade was the icing on the cake.

“I’m just so honoured and humbled to receive this award. I’d like to thank ANOC for such a great evening and I’d like to thank the Olympic Council of Ireland and Pat Hickey  for their continuous support, she said.

“I’d also like to thank my family. Their support and encouragement throughout the years has been unfailing to me. I’d be nowhere without them. This is just the icing on the cake for me this year.”

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