THE last two Evening Echo Ladies Sports Star award winners of 2018 were presented with their trophies at the Ambassador Hotel yesterday.
Cork footballer, Doireann O'Sullivan and athlete, Lizzie Lee, will now join the other winners at the annual awards ceremony on Friday, January 25, where the overall winner will be announced.
Lizzie certainly had a busy year or so, which included having a baby a year-and-a-half ago. Since then she has run a European cross-country, a World half-marathon championship, a European marathon, a number of road races and the Dublin marathon.
Her exploits in the Dublin marathon, where she was the leading Irish runner, finishing a magnificent third overall.
It was an emotional day for Lizzie as it was back to where she ran her first marathon in 2006 when she finished in a time of 3.34 hours. However this time she was a little faster, an incredible 59 minutes to be precise.
She also led her club, Leevale, to the national club title, shattering the then record by two minutes as their three leading runners came home in a time of 8.25.09.
Doireann, for her part, was a member of the Mourneabbey side that won the All-Ireland Club championship for the first time, in their fourth final in five years.
They have been one of the most consistent sides in this championship in that time, with the semi-final being the least stage they have reached.
Along the way, starting against St Val's in Cork and ending up against Foxrock-Cabinteely they scored an incredible 10 goals and 81 points, in six games. All the more incredible was the fact that Doireann scored 2-45 of that title, a tally that any forward should be proud of.
Both said they were delighted to be honoured with the awards and were looking forward to the overall ceremony later in the lunch.
Manager of the hotel, Eoin Daly, congratulated both the award winners on their magnificent achievements as did John McHale, Sports Editor of the Evening Echo.