Read James Sullivan’s news update on the AAI Athletics Awards
Irish 100m hurdles record holder Derval O’Rourke won the Athlete of the Year award at the 2010 Woodies DIY/Tipperary Crystal National Athletics Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on Saturday November 13th 2010. The Leevale star beat off competition from David Gillick, Paul Hession and club mate Ailis McSweeney to claim the top award of the evening.
O’Rourke performed superbly to take the silver medal in the Women’s 100m hurdles at this year’s European Athletics Championships held in Barcelona in a time of 12.65 seconds bettering her previous national record (12.67) which she set last year at the World Championships in Berlin.
Robert Heffernan, one of the other big Irish stars of Barcelona, was the winner of the Race Walker of the Year award. The Togher AC athlete finished a heartbreaking fourth in the 20K Walk at the European Championships before claiming an identical position in the 50K Walk just three days later smashing the Irish record in the process with a time of 3:45:30.
Other winners included Ciara Mageean (Junior Athlete of the Year) who demonstrated her undoubted potential in winning silver over 1500m at the World Junior Championships in Canada; Kelly Proper (Field Athlete of the Year) for overcoming the disappointment of an early exit in Barcelona to set a new long jump national record of 6.60m; Mark Kenneally (Cross-Country/ Road Athlete of the Year) who finished a very creditable 8th place at the European Cross Country Championships held in Dublin last December; and Ailis McSweeney (Inspirational Performance of the year) who broke Michelle Carroll’s long standing Irish 100m record with a time of 11.40 seconds and later narrowly missed out on a place in the final in Barcelona.
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