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Antrim's Shannon takes International All Star award

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 16:05

Fiona Shannon receives her award from Handball Ireland President Walter O'Connor and GAA President Christy Cooney Robbie McCarthy won the male All Star Player of the Year Maria Doyle won the female All Star Player of the Year
Fiona Shannon receives her award from Handball Ireland President Walter O'Connor and GAA President Christy Cooney Robbie McCarthy won the male All Star Player of the Year Maria Doyle won the female All Star Player of the Year

Fiona Shannon of Antrim has been awarded the GAA Handball International Player of the Year award at a ceremony in Croke Park

The 33-year-old won world titles in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and hopes to add a fourth at the 2012 World Handball Championships scheduled for the City West Events Arena, Dublin, next October.

Shannon was also awarded the Ulster GAA Writers Ulster Female handballer for 2011 accolade.

She said: “I’m looking forward to the coming year and will take each competition as they come as a build up to the world championships in October.

"Although my ultimate goal for 2012 is to win my fourth consecutive title, there are other titles that I want to win in the lead up to this and will use these as building blocks throughout the year leading to the worlds.”

The male All Star Player of the Year award went to Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy and Kerry’s Maria Daly picked up the female Player of the Year award.

2011 Handball All Star Awards

International Player All Star: Fiona Shannon (Antrim)

Male All Star Player of the Year 2011: Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath)

Female All Star Player of the Year 2011: Maria Daly (Kerry)

Team Award: Barry Goff & Colin Keeling (Wexford)

Hall of Fame Award: Joey Maher (Louth)

Masters Player All Star: Ducksy Walsh (Kilkenny)

Youth Ladies Player All Star: Ciana Ni Churraoin (Galway)

Youth Male Player All Star: Killian Carroll (Cork).

Young Ladies Player All Star: Catriona Casey (Cork)

Young Male Player All Star: Niall O'Connor (Kildare)

President's Award for services to GAA Handball: Steise Clerkin, representing her husband, Sean Clerkin (RIP)

Club of the Year 2011 All Star Award: Liam O Ceallaigh and John Paul O'Connor representing Mount Talbot Handball Club

Special Achievement Award: Andrew Dowling (Laois)

Coach Award: Aengus Cunningham (Roscommon)

Clubperson Award: Sean Clarke (Tyrone)

Official of the Year 2011 Award: Tommy Hegarty (Clare)

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