Heffernan walks away with top award

Togher AC’s Rob Heffernan was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal on Saturday night.

Heffernan quite literally had the walk of his life at the Olympics and his fourth place finish in the 50k walk was the standout performance by an Irish athlete at major championships this season. In the process Heffernan destroyed his own national record with a time of 3:37.54. Not surprisingly, he was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2012.

Dundrum South Dublin (DSD) were the worthy recipients of the Performance Club of the Year Award while Development Club of the Year Award went to Carlow’s St Laurence O’Toole.

Mark English (Letterkenny AC) won the Junior Athlete of the Year gong after he lowered the national junior 800m record to a blazing 1:45.77 and finished a brilliant fifth in a highly competitive World Junior Championship final.

The Endurance Athlete Award went to Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) who struck gold at the European Cross Country Championships in Velenje last December.

Teresa McDaid (Letterkenny AC) was the winner of the Coach of the Year after assembling an incredible squad of international class middle distance athletes including Mark English, Darren McBrearty and Ruairi Finnegan.

Inspirational performance of the year went to Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) for his outstanding 20.40 second performance over 200m in the heats of the National Senior Championships in Santry.

Meanwhile, the Aviva Tailteann Schools’ Awards were awarded to Sarah Lavin of Castletroy College and Caimin Dunne of Belvedere Colleges.

Other winners:

Outstanding Official Award: Joe and Bernie Walsh (Fingallians AC); Special Recognition Award: Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) and Michael McKillop (St Malachy’s AC); Master of the Year: Ciaran O’Doherty (Letterkenny AC); Mountain Runner of the Year: Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers AC); Ultra Running Award: Ruthann Sheahan (Athenry AC).

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

OBITUARY: Phonsie O'Brien, legendary racehorse trainer and brother of Vincent

Carl Frampton ready for shot at history in New York

Ruby Walsh masterclass as Clondaw Warrior outbattles rivals

All things come to him who waits and yesterday Ruby Walsh waited...and waited...


Breaking Stories

Jordan Spieth makes robust defence when questioned about possible rules violation

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius to miss start of the season

Peadar Healy makes three changes to Cork team as dual stars make the bench

James O’Donoghue returns to Kerry team for first start since last year’s All-Ireland final

Lifestyle

'Give Peas a Chance' competition involves raising food plants at your work desk

Eoin Colfer's new play looks at the pathos and humour of Multiple Sclerosis

Ask Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years

POLL: Is Netflix damaging your sex life? Turn it off to get turned on

More From The Irish Examiner