The final shortlist for the RTÉ Sport Awards 2019 has been revealed, with 11 emerging sports stars in the running for the Young Sportsperson of the Year accolade.
Darragh Maloney and Joanne Cantwell will present the RTÉ Sport Awards 2019 live on RTÉ One on Saturday 14 December at 9.20pm.
The Sportsperson of the Year award as well as the Young Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year and Manager of the Year awards will be presented and there will be a new inductee to the RTÉ Sport Hall of Fame.
Rhasidat Adeleke won double gold in the 100m and 200m at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. These were the 16-year-olds fifth and sixth championship medals of her short athletics career.
Highly rated young scrum-half Craig Casey was one of the standout performers in Ireland's heroic Under-20 Grand Slam win, the nation’s first since 2007. He was also named Munsters Academy Player of the Year before moving up to the province's senior squad.
Aaron Connolly made his first start for Premier League team Brighton & Hove Albion against Tottenham in October, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win. The 19-year-old striker made his international senior debut for the Republic of Ireland a week later as a substitute against Georgia, making his first start against Switzerland four days later.
Bantamweight boxer Niamh Fay was crowned European Youth champion at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. Dubliner Fay won four fights en route to gold in Sofia.
Lara Gillespie won bronze in the individual pursuit at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Germany. The Wicklow teenager set a new junior national record during qualification. Earlier in the season, Gillespie took silver medals in the individual pursuit, scratch race, and points race at the Junior European Championships.
Sarah Healy won the silver medal at the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Sweden over 1,500m and seven days later won her first senior title in convincing style at the National Championships. The 18-year-old from Blackrock AC also competed in her first Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, where she clocked a new personal best of 4:40.72 for the mile.
Rhys McClenaghan created history this year as he became the first Irish gymnast to medal at the World Championships, claiming a bronze medal in the pommel horse. He also booked a place at the 2020 Olympic Games by qualifying for the final earlier in the week.
Nineteen-year-old Mona McSharry won a bronze medal in the final of the women’s 50m breaststroke on the opening day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, setting a new Irish record on the way.
Adrian Mullen enjoyed a stellar debut season and established himself as one of the most important players in the Kilkenny attack. The Young Hurler of the Year also won All-Ireland club honours with Ballyhale Shamrocks in March before being crowned Club Player of the Year.
Eighteen-year-old Kate O'Connor from the Dundalk won the heptathlon silver medal at the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Sweden, securing Ireland’s first-ever international heptathlon medal. Her total of 6,093 points also smashed the existing Irish record.
Seventeen-year-old Portarlington native Nicole Turner showed incredible resolve as she powered through the final 10 metres to move from fifth to third and claim the bronze medal at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.