Ireland's Olympic Silver Medalist Sonia O'Sullivan has won the RTE/Ballygowan Sports Personality of the Year Award. Sonia was not present at the award ceremony to receive her award as she is currently training in Australia. Her father John O'Sullivan received the award on her behalf.

Sonia was chosen by the viewers of RTE and the readers of the RTE Guide as Ireland's sports personality for the year 2000 for her achievement in Sydney where she took silver in the women's 5000m final, beaten into gold by Romanian Gabriele Szabo.

Filed by Amanda Fennelly