Congratulations to Sinéad Diver who has won three titles at the 2022 Connacht Athletics Awards. This is the second year the Awards have taken place.
A panel of over twenty club PROs from the region voted for over thirty titles on a zoom call on Monday last. The first batch of awards have just been announced.
The three Connacht Athletics Awards won by Sinéad are:
Female Athlete of the Year,
Female Road Runner of the Year,
and Mary Cullen Award Distance Runner of the Year (Female/Male)
Last year she won the first two of those titles.
These three awards are well deserved and appropriate recognition by Connacht Athletics for our elite member Sinéad.
The Awards replect Sinéad’s two exceptional achievements in 2022.
This was the Mayo AC nomination citation for Sinéad :
"2022 was another momentous year in the amazing athletics career of Sinéad Diver. In July, the Belmullet native and Mayo AC member finished fifth in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Birmingham running for her adopted Australia.
On December 4 she finished 11th in the Maratón Valencia in a personal best 2:21:34- a new Australian record – improving her London Marathon 2019 improving her previous best by some 2½ minutes.
Her Maratón Valencia finishing time made Sinead the leading Irish woman over the distance, beating Catherina McKiernan’s 2:22.23 in Amsterdam in 1998.
Sinéad Diver is an inspiration to the nation and we are all so proud of her achievements."
Congratulations also to other recipients of Connacht Athletics Athlete of the Year Awards and all those nominated by clubs:
Other Mayo winners:
U16 female: Clodagh Gill Moy Valley AC
U14 Female: Freya Renton Westport AC
Cross-country Male: Keelan Kilrehill Moy Valley AC
Cross-country Female: Freya Renton Westport AC
Road Runner Male: Hugh Armstrong Ballina AC
Coach Male: Padraic Joyce Lake District AC
Club of the Year: Moy Valley AC
Thrower: Oisín Joyce Lake District AC
Walker: Jake O’Brien Moy Valley AC
Full details of awards: Connacht Awards Winners 2022 are at www.mayoac.com
The Awards will be presented next month, date TBC