Annalise Murphy named Sportswoman of the Year 2016
A five-time nominee, Murphy won a silver medal at this year's Olympic Games in Rio15:16 Friday 16 December 2016, 15:16 16 Dec 2016
Sailor Annalise Murphy has been named Irish Times, Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year 2016 after her heroics in the Olympic Games this year.
The 26-year-old clinched silver in the Women's Laser Radial Class in August and delivered Ireland's first sailing medal since David Wilkins more than three decades ago.
The Dublin native finished just outside the medal places in fourth in London four years ago, but produced a series of commanding performances to bring home silver for Ireland.
"It’s amazing, this time four years ago I had just finished fourth and it was the hardest day of my life, but I said I was going to come back and try to get a medal," she told The Irish Times. "So to actually go and do it, it’s incredible."
Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald said: "Every woman here today is a role model and an inspiration. And I know they will continue to be role models, not just throughout their sporting careers, but afterwards, hammering home the message that activity is good.
"That team sports teach us to rely on others and be worthy of the reliance of others. That solo sports require a fierce continued dedication. That activity is its own reward. All of those things are important to women, and it is marvellous that The Irish Times has created such a simple, elegant way of celebrating success and sharing that success."
Ahh so humbled to win Irish Times - Sport Ireland - Sportswoman of the year 2016! 5 time nominee and now a win!... https://t.co/Ejvxuk8DK0— Annalise Murphy (@Annalise_Murphy) December 16, 2016
"This year has been a momentous one for Ireland’s sportswomen with the Olympics and Paralympics in particular showcasing the very best of Irish talent on the world stage, while performances in World and European championships and achievements in national events show that Irish athletes continue to achieve at the very highest level," said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.
"I would like to congratulate all of today’s award recipients and thank each one of you for being such fine ambassadors for both your sport and your country in 2016."
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