Monday 11 December 2017

A new year but a familiar story for Katie Taylor as she picks up another award reporters

KATIE Taylor crowned a glorious year when she was named Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year in association with the The Croke Park Hotel this afternoon.

Katie was a runaway winner in a readers’ poll for the award, beating off the claims of nine-times All-Ireland winner Henry Shefflin and world number one golfer, Rory McIlroy.

The Wicklow woman won the hearts of the nation by claiming Olympic gold at a throbbing ExCel Arena in London earlier this year to establish herself as arguably the finest female boxer on the planet.

Katie was presented with her award by Stephen Rae, editor of the Irish Independent, at a lunch in the Westbury Hotel, which was attended by an array of sports stars, past and present.

Joseph O’Brien was voted Young Sportstar of the Year for the second time in a row – a feat last achieved by Katie in 2006 and ’07.

The 19-year-old was crowned champion jockey for the first time, the youngest rider to achieve the feat in more than 60 years.

Having already showcased his exquisite riding ability en route to twice winning the apprentices’ title, Joseph stepped up to the senior ranks in splendid style, with Camelot’s hat-trick of Classic victories in the 2,000 Guineas and Epsom and Irish Derbies the undoubted highlights of a season that yielded no less than 10 Group One triumphs for his father, Aidan.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Magee was inducted into the Irish Independent Hall of Fame in association with The Croke Park Hotel in recognition of his outstanding services to sports broadcasting.

Jimmy was presented with his award by Vincent Crowley, CEO of Independent News and Media PLC, and Pat King, CEO of The Doyle Collection, at the Irish Independent Sportstar of the Year awards lunch.

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