Stephanie Roche’s stock continues to soar as she beat off the challenge of Conor McGregor to pick up the inaugural Breakthrough of the Year prize at the Irish Sports Business2Business awards.
Over 1,000 attendees were present at the weekend to see Stephanie honoured at a glitzy ceremony in the Double Tree by Hilton.
Along with McGregor, Stephanie faced competition for the Dacia-sponsored award from the Irish women’s rugby team. The Girls In Green did scoop the Team of the Year award while Katie Taylor picked up the Personality of the Year award to complete a hat-trick for the women.
“I was delighted to win this award because to be honest, with Conor McGregor and the Irish women's rugby team also nominated, I really didn’t think I would win,” Stephanie told Independent.ie.
Stephanie will move to Texas next week to start her career with Houston Dash in the NWSL and on St Patrick's Day she will be a guest of Barack Obama when she visits the White House.
"just when I thought the media attention had died down and it was time to fully focus on football, I received a very special invitation during the week. President Barack Obama has officially invited me to the White House for the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations," Stephanie wrote in her exclusive column on Independent.ie last Monday.
"It’s an unbelievable feeling to be asked and I’m still a little in shock that I received the invite. I will be honoured to represent my country at the White House on March 17th."