Over the next two issues we will be introducing the nominees for the 2014 Canon Hayes National Sports Awards.
The Award Winners will be announced on Friday December 12th at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort and it’s a Black Tie event. The Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D., will present the Awards. It promises to be a great night so reserve your ticket as soon as possible and support your nominee. Tickets are priced at €50 each.
There are three nominees in the Local Category.
First nominee (Local Award Category) - Averyl Fryday (Boxing). Averyl is the first ever female boxer from Tipperary to win an Irish title, which she did in January of this year. She is also the first boxer in over 40 years to bring an Irish title to the town. She boxes out of the Tipperary Town Boxing Club and is coached by Chris Toomey. Congratulations on your nomination Averyl.
Second nominee (Local Award Category) - Breda White Lonergan (Pitch & Putt). Breda is currently ranked number 3 in Ireland. She is the current National Match Play Champion and holds back to back Munster Match Play titles. Breda is the current holder of the County Match Play title and also holds two National Inter-County medals. She plays with the Tipperary Hills Pitch and Putt Club and throughout her career she was mentored and supported by the late Seán Keane. Congratulations on your nomination Breda.
Third nominee (Local Award Category) - Tipperary Town Kickboxing Club (Kickboxing)
Five kickboxers from the Tipperary Town Kickboxing Club made history when they went to Tuscany, Italy to represent Ireland in the Unified World Championships and returned home with gold, silver and bronze medals. Ten year old Alisha Chambers won gold to become the new Unified World champion while 11-year old Scott Carey Massey won silver as did 18-year old Lisa Moloney. Bronze medals went to 18-year old Aoife Peters and to sixteen year-old Chloe Quinn, who earlier in the year won the IKF Junior Light Contact National Kickboxing Champion for the second year in a row. The coach at the club is two time Irish Champion Craig Sutton. Congratulations to the club on your nomination.
We wish the three nominees the very best of luck and look forward to a great sporting celebration on Friday December 12th.