Gaelic Footballer, Cora Staunton has been named The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for November 2013.
Cora is the final sportswoman to be in the running for the Sportswoman of the Year Award after her performances in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Championships and her successes in the All-Star Awards.
Most recently, Cora collected a remarkable ninth All-Star award at this year’s TG4 Ladies GAA All Star Award – demonstrating the impact she has had on Gaelic football since making her debut for Mayo in 1995. The latest award adds to a personal roll of honour that includes four All-Ireland County and five club titles.
Her performance on the winning side in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Championships, when she scored 1-5 for her team Carnacon, further secured her selection for this prestigious award.
This is the second time that Cora has been nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year Award. The accolade of winning The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ means that she will be the final sportswoman to be in the running for the prestigious title of ‘Sportswoman of the Year’.
The aim of The Sportswoman of the Year awards is to recognise the abilities and achievements of women in Irish sports. The awards run over a 12 month period, with the judges selecting a winner each month for her ability to excel at sport. From the 12 monthly winners, the overall Sportswoman of the Year is selected by a judging panel, made up of individuals from The Irish Times, RTÉ, and the Evening Herald. The winner will be announced at the annual awards ceremony Friday, 20th December 2013.
A reminder of the monthly Award Winners:
The awards cover the period December 2012 to November 2013)
Fionnuala Britton (Athletics)
Britton is the first woman to successfully defend the European Cross Country title which she first won in Slovenia last year. Leading from start to finish, Britton powered through the sub-zero temperatures to hold off another strong challenge from Ana Dulce Félix of Portugal, who finished second to Britton in last year’s race.
Michelle Fahy (Basketball)
Fahy captains the University of Limerick (UL) Huskies and was named player of the match in their recent Superleague National Cup final win.
Fiona Coghlan (Rugby)
Coghlan earned this title after showing her strength and commitment as captain to the Irish team, by defeating Italy in Parabiago to complete a famous Grand Slam.
Aisling Blake (Squash)
Blake has become the Irish National squash champion for the first time after beating the long time champion Madeline Perry in Fitzwilliam LTC – Madeline having won on 14 previous occasions.
Jane Mangan (Jockey)
Irish Jockey Jane Mangan earned her title when she recently was thrown from her mount to be denied victory in the closing yards of the Foxhunters’ Chase in Cheltenham.
Annalise Murphy (Sailor)
Sailing star Annalise Murphy won her title after her unprecedented tally of two gold medals, one at the Italian Olympic week on Lake Garda and another gold medal in the Netherlands for the Delta Lloyd Regatta.
Nikki Symmons (Hockey)
Irish International Hockey star, Nikki Symmons was capped for the 200th time by Ireland and is the first player to reach the landmark of 200 international caps, the first of which was received in 2001 when she made her debut at the age of 18 against Wales.
Kelly Proper (Athletics)
Excelled at the National Championships when she triumphed in the long jump, the 100 and 200 metres, and anchored Ferrybank to victory in the 4 x 100 metre relay.
Bethany Firth (Swimming)
Bethany recently won three silver medals at the Paralympics Swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Theresa Maher (Camogie) and Juliet Murphy (Football)
Having lost in her five previous final appearances, Maher, one of camogie’s finest servants, helped her county triumph against Kilkenny, while Murphy came out of retirement to help Cork win their – and hers – eighth All-Ireland title in nine years.
Aileen Reid (Triathlon) and Aoife Clark (Eventing)
A hugely encouraging year for both sportswomen, Reid finishing up as the eighth ranked triathlete in the world, the highlight her silver medal at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in London, while Clark had a string of fine results, not least her silver at the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses Championships in France, the best performance by an Irish rider in the 25 year history of the event.