After successfully defending her undisputed lightweight belts, Katie Taylor has been named the RTÉ Sport Sportsperson of the Year 2020.
The winners of this year's RTÉ Sport Awards were announced tonight on RTÉ One television and RTÉ Player in a programme celebrating the stellar achievements of Irish sportspeople in 2020 in the face of never-before-seen challenges.
Katie Taylor has capped a stellar 2020 in the ring by winning RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year for the second time— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) January 28, 2021
She joined us to share her thoughts on last year's achievements and what may lie in store for 2021 #RTESport #RTESportAwards pic.twitter.com/hW6P8p0d0p
It's the second time Taylor has claimed the main award and caps a year where she first beat challenger Miriam Gutierrez, and in doing so inflicted a first professional defeat on the Spaniard. In August, the Bray boxer got the better of her nemesis Delfine Persoon in a gruelling rematch.
Taylor finished 2020 being named Ring Magazine's 'Female Fighter of the Year' for the second year in succession.
RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year 2020 John Kiely looks back on Limerick's All-Ireland winning season and casts an eye towards what this coming year may hold #RTESport #RTESportAwards #RTEGAA pic.twitter.com/vcmQedYGZu— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) January 28, 2021
Limerick hurling manager John Kiely won Manager of the Year as the Treaty boss saw his impressive side go through the year unbeaten. They were the standout hurlers in 2020, winning back-to-back league and Munster titles, as well as regaining the Liam McCarthy Cup they last won in 2018.
Kiely's Limerick charges over-powered Waterford to complete the perfect season and reclaim the All-Ireland hurling title. The Treaty County won all ten of their competitive 2020 matches and tonight were named as the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year.
RTÉ Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Oisín O'Callaghan tells us about his road to success in becoming Junior World Downhill Mountain Bike Champion #RTESport #RTESportAwards pic.twitter.com/tzrGVZJmxx— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) January 28, 2021
Oisin O'Callaghan was named Young Sportsperson of the Year after claiming a first ever downhill gold for Ireland at the Junior World Mountain Bike Championships in Austria. It was O'Callaghan’s first ever race at that level. The 17-year-old from Limerick followed up his win in Austria with two stage wins at the recently held World Cup competition in Portugal.