THE Autumn quarterly The Echo Women in Sport award winners, in association with the Cork Airport Hotel, were honoured at the hotel.
The quarter winners saw two rowers, a high jumper and a ladies footballer picking up awards for their achievements in recent months.
Rowers Tara Honlon and Emily Hegarty, UCC, were honoured as they were part of the Irish team who took silver at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Florida.
In doing so, they became the first Ireland women’s crew in a sweep event to take a medal at a World Championships. They finished a little more than a second behind gold winners Team GB, after an outstanding performance by the Irish ladies.
“It was a great result for us,” remembers Tara. “We were thrilled, especially as all of our hard work had paid off.”
Speaking about the silver medal win at the World Rowing U23 Championships, Emily says it was a moment to treasure. “It was the highlight of my rowing career to date,” says the star who also cherishes smaller victories along the way.
The ladies footballer honoured was Cork All-Ireland minor winning captain, who also picked up a club All-Ireland with Glanmire last December.
In the words of team manager, John Cleary: “As a captain Abbie leads by example and when we were picking someone for the role she was the stand-out candidate.
"She has a fabulous attitude and a great engine and she drove the team on to make up for our loss in the All-Ireland final the previous year.”
The third recipient was high jumper Aoife O’Sullivan, who competes for the Liscarroll club, and she was honoured for her performance at the inaugural Youth Nations Cup which took place in Dublin.
There, Aoife was one of only two Irish winners in the field events against very strong English opposition. Her winning height of 1.73m put her well clear of Hannah Moat, her nearest challenger.
Her father, Martin, is also her coach and said that sometimes being an individual athlete can be tough mentally but Aoife has the inner strength and determination to keep going and they are on a six-year plan which hopefully will lead to qualification to events like the Olympics, World and European championships.