Jockey Nina Carberry honoured at Sportswoman of the Year awards


Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Jockey Nina Carberry honoured at Sportswoman of the Year Awards

Jockey Nina Carberry receiving her Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman Award for January from the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan, the Sports Editor of The Irish Times Malachy Logan and Frances Kavanagh from Sport Ireland


Jockey Nina Carberry was honoured at The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards which took place in Dublin last weekend following another memorable performance at Cheltenham earlier this year.

Carberry won the Foxhunter Chase on the Enda Bolger-trained ‘On the Fringe', for the second year running, making it three victories in the race in all and six career victories at the Festival. The win earned her the Sportswoman of the Month award for March.

Carberry  boasts an enviable record at the Awards having won her first Sportswoman of the Month award in 2005 when she became the first female jockey to win at Cheltenham in 18 years. In 2011 she was The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year in after she became only the second woman to win the Irish Grand National on Organised Confusion.

Carberry, widely regarded as one of the greatest amateur riders Ireland has ever produced, is married to Ted Walsh Junior. Just last month she announced that she would not be riding for the remainder of the season as she is expecting her first baby. 

She was presented with her award by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan and Frances Kavanagh from Sport Ireland.

 

Established in 2004, the aim of the Sportswoman of the Year awards is to recognise the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports.

 

Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy, who was the August winner, was crowned The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2016.

 

Murphy, from Dublin, displayed tremendous courage and skill to bounce back from the disappointment of a 4th place finish at the London Olympics in 2012 to claim silver in Rio. Her success was Ireland’s first medal in sailing since Moscow 1980.

 

One of Ireland’s greatest ever runners’, Sonia O’Sullivan, who won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Sport Award 2016.

 

The guest of honour Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald highlighted the award winners’ role in encouraging women to participate in sport.

 

“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 marvelous that The Irish Times has created such a simple, elegant way of celebrating success and sharing that success” the Tánaiste said.

 

The Sports Editor of The Irish Times Malachy Logan described the nominees as a group of extraordinary people who deserve all the kudos that come their way. He said there needed to be positive discrimination in the media towards the coverage of women’s sports.

 

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