AOTY

The Athlete Of The Year recognises the exceptional individual achievements of Ireland’s sportswomen in a single calendar year. 

AMEEE LEIGH MURPHY CROWE

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe started playing rugby when she was 15, where she joined her local club Clanwilliam. Three years later she was invited to play 7s for Ireland, with her senior debut taking place in 2014. 

Murphy Crowe is the top try scorer for Ireland 7s and was the top try scorer for 2021-2022 World Rugby Women’s 7s Series, which saw her nominated for World Rugby Women’s 7s Player of the Year 2022.

Murphy Crowe earned her 50th 7s cap for Ireland in 2022 at the Cape Town Sevens.  She has helped Ireland 7s reach their current spot in rankings—right now high enough to guarantee a spot at the 2024 Olympics.

AMY BROADHURST

In 2022 Amy Broadhurst won it all.

Broadhurst is the 2022 IBA World Light-welterweight champion, she won the gold medal in the lightweight division at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and completed the trifecta when winning Gold at the European Championships with Broadhurst also being named best boxer at the European Championships after her win.

The Dundalk fighter began boxing at the age of 5, coached by her dad and sparring with her brothers. Amy’s eyes are set on the Paris Olympics in 2024, for which qualification stages start at the beginning of 2023. 

CIARA MAGEEAN

2022 is a year Ciara Mageean will never forget. 

The Portaferry runner won silver at the European Championships in Munich, and took Silver at the Diamond League in Brussles with a time of 3.56.63, smashing the Irish record which had previously been set by Sonia O’Sullivan. The 30 year old followed up her fine form with silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 2022 Athletics Ireland Athlete of the year has represented Ireland at both the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and will have her eyes set on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

JENNY EGAN

Jenny Egan  is an Irish International Canoeist with multiple world championship medals, a European Championship Medal and multiple World Cup medals. Egan is the only Irish person to date to win such accolades.  

The Salmon Leap club athlete is ranked number 1 in the World in the ICF Senior Women’s K1 5000m.  In 2022, Egan won bronze in the Canoe Sprint World Cup in Poland, winning her 10th medal in this competition in her career. 

Egan has a passion for increasing visibility of Women in Sport and is on the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Steering Committee as the only athlete representative.

KATIE MCCABE

Republic of Ireland soccer’s captain Katie McCabe made her first senior appearance for Ireland in 2015. Seven years later and at 27 years of age, she will now lead her team into their first ever FIFA World Cup in 2023.

McCabe was named captain for her country at only 21-years of age which is a testament to her leadership and work ethic. The versatile player has currently 69 caps for Ireland and has scored a whopping 18 goals for her country since going senior. 

The Irish skipper plays her club football with Arsenal and is incredibly influential for the side, leading by example with her determination and incredible work ethic on and off the pitch, being honoured with Player of the Season in their 2020/2021 awards. 

KATIE OBRIEN

26 year old Katie O’Brien has had a phenomenal year winning a World Championship medal at the World Rowing Championships 2022 in the PR2 single sculls finishing 10 seconds ahead of reigning world champion Australian Kathryn Ross. O’Brien had also won gold earlier in the year setting a world record at the PR2 Single Sculls event at the World Cup II in Poznan, Poland.

She rows out of the Galway Rowing club and has dealt with spina bifida throughout her life and has her sights set on the 2024 Paralympic Games as the first competitive para-rowing crew alongside teammate Steven McGowan.

KATIE TAYLOR

Katie Taylor made history in 2022, headlining and selling out Madison Square Garden in her 21st professional bout against Amanda Serrano. Taylor is a two-weight world champion and the current undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion of the world after winning her 22nd fight in October against Karen Carbajal.

In her amateur career, Taylor won 5 consecutive gold medals at the Women’s World Championships, won six Gold medals at the European Championships and won five gold medals at the European Union Championships.

She has been a game changer for boxers all over the world, male and female, and is regarded as one of the top Irish athletes of all time. In the 2012 London Olympics she was the flag bearer for Ireland at the opening ceremony before going on to win Olympic gold in the lightweight division.

28-year-old Maguire from Co.Cavan turned professional in May 2018 and is a two-time Olympian having competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and winning the Solheim Cup in 2021.  

2022 was Maguire’s best year yet professionally, as she achieved her debut victory at the LPGA Tour at the Drive On Championship taking the title by a 3 shot margin and becoming the first Irish winner in LPGA history. She also played in the Irish Open in Dromoland Castle this year after it’s 10 year hiatus, where she went two shots off the lead heading into the final round but unfortunately victory was just out of reach for the Cavan native as Klara Spilkova claimed the title by one stroke.

The Cavan native’s score of 61 in the final round of 2021 Evian Championship was also the joint-lowest in major history, male or female. 

MIRIAM WALSH

Kilkenny Camogie Star Miriam Walsh had a dream year 2022 adding a second senior All-Ireland title to her name as well as picking up her 3rd All-Star award and winning Player of the year at the 2022 PwC Camogie All-Stars.  

The full-forward proved to be a nightmare for defences in the 2022 season scoring a total of 4-16 in the 2022 Championship and being instrumental in her team lifting another O’Duffy Cup, their second in three years. 

RACHAEL BLACKMORE

2022 was another superb year for Tipperary’s Rachael Blackmore. The Champion jockey added a Cheltenham Gold Cup to her name, becoming the first ever female jockey to win. 

In 2022, Blackmore also added another champion hurdle to her glittering CV aboard her partner in success Honeysuckle, extending their unbeaten streak. As driven and determined as ever, Blackmore continues to achieve on some of trainer Henry de Bromhead’s top stars.

The Tipperary jockey has permanently etched her name into history as the first female rider to win the Gold Cup, the Grand National and the Champion Hurdle.

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