RTE Sports Personaity of the Year Nominations

RTE have announced the nominies for the RTE Sports Person of the Year Award 2017. The award is given to a sports person who has achieved success during the year. The nominations are A. Rena Buckley (Camogie), B. Ryan Burnett (Boxing), C. Joe Canning (Hurling), D. Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal (Para-Cycling), E. Noelle Healy (Football), F. James McClean (Soccer), G. Michael McKillop (Para-Athletics), H. Andy Moran (Football), I. Conor Murray (Rugby), J. Paul O'Donovan (Rowing), K. Robbie Power (Horse-Racing), L. Jason Smyth (Para-Athletics), M. Katie Taylor (Boxing) and N. Joe Ward (Boxing). To vote text between the letters A to N to 53125, across the Island of Ireland.

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The nominees for the RTÉ Sport Awards 2017 Sportsperson of the Year are in alphabetical order -

A) Rena Buckley, Camogie

The Cork dual star made history by winning an 18th All-Ireland medal. Buckley captained the Cork camogie team to a 27th All-Ireland crown, after a dramatic one-point win over rivals Kilkenny.

B) Ryan Burnett, Boxing

Won the IBF title in June 2017 before adding the WBA (Super) title in October to become unified bantamweight world champion.

C) Joe Canning, Hurling

The Hurler of the Year inspired Galway to their first Liam McCarthy Cup since 1988.

D) Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal, Para Cycling

The duo won two gold medals at the UCI 2017 Para-cycling Road World Championships in South Africa, winning the WB Tandem Road Race and the WB Tandem Time Trial.

E) Noelle Healy, Ladies Football

The senior Players’ Player of the Year was also named Player of the Match in Dublin’s Ladies All-Ireland senior final victory over Mayo.

F) James McClean, Soccer

The West Brom winger played a vital part in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring some crucial goals as Martin O’Neill’s men missed out in a play-off.

G) Michael McKillop, Para Athletics

The Antrim man’s victory in the T37 1500m at the Para Athletics World Championships in London was his ninth World Championship gold medal.

H) Andy Moran, Gaelic Football

The Footballer of the Year was an inspirational figure for Mayo as the Westerners reached a fourth All Ireland Final in six years.

I) Conor Murray, Rugby

The Munster and Ireland scrumhalf had a Lions tour to remember becoming the first northern hemisphere player ever to have scored four career tries in tests against the All Blacks.

J) Paul O’Donovan, Rowing

The Skibbereen man won gold at the lightweight men's single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Florida.

K) Robbie Power, Horse-Racing

The Meath man won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup on Sizing John as well as the Irish Grand National on Our Duke.

L) Jason Smyth, Para Athletics

The Derry sprinter claimed double gold at the Para Athletics World Championships in London winning both the T13 100m and T13 200m.

M) Katie Taylor, Boxing

The Bray boxer became World Champion winning the vacant WBA female lightweight title in Cardiff in October.

N) Joe Ward, Boxing

The Westmeath light heavyweight won silver at the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg.