McSharry honoured at Sportswoman awards
Swimming star Mona McSharry was honoured at the annual Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman Awards which were held recently.
The Sligo teenager received the award for June following her magnificent performances at the European Junior Championships in Israel. The 17-year-old picked up two golds and a silver medal at those championships and followed up with the first ever Irish swimming gold at the World Junior Championships later that month in the US.
McSharry was unable to attend the event as she was competing in Copenhagen at senior level in the European short-course championships. Despite it being her first ever senior championships, McSharry qualified for the final of the 100m breastroke. It was a brilliant achievement and capped a phenomenal year for the Marlins Club swimmer. Her cousin Jordan McSharry accepted the award on her behalf.
Leading horse trainer Jessica Harrington was crowned The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2017. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin said Ireland's sportswomen had made a hugely significant contribution to the country's sporting success during 2017.
"Over the course of the last twelve months, Ireland's sportswomen have given us many wonderful memories and produced some spectacular performances which have captured the imagination of the country. Their continued success serves to inspire our children and young people and to enhance Ireland's reputation abroad. I would like to acknowledge Sport Ireland and The Irish Times for staging these awards which recognise the incredible contribution of Irish women in sport."
The Chairman of Sport Ireland Kieran Mulvey congratulated the winners, thanking them for being such fantastic ambassadors for both their sport and their country.
"Their performances at national, international, European and World events showcased the very best of Irish sporting talent. Events such as these demonstrate that Irish athletes continue to achieve at the very highest level. Sport Ireland is delighted to again partner with The Irish Times for the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year Awards, which acknowledge and pay tribute to 15 athletes who have risen to the very top of their chosen sport."