FAIL: RTÉ Sports Person of the Year Awards
And people thought the BBC’s Sports Person of the Year shortlist was bad?
This morning the 2011 winner was announced, and once again Taylor – undisputedly Ireland’s greatest athlete ever – has been overlooked. This is not a first for RTÉ, which seems to pride itself on almost invariably ignoring Taylor.
The only woman to ever have won the award was Sonia O’Sullivan in 2000.
The other recipients of the award since then have been: Mick McCarthy (who won it as a mangager – as opposed to being an actual sports person); Pádraig Harrington (three times: 2002, 2007 and 2008 – check out the shortlist for those two years); Barry Geraghty (who?); Ronan O’Gara; Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (er..?); Henry Shefflin (wha..?); Brian O’Driscoll; Graeme McDowell; and, this year, Rory McIlroy.
These are just some – some – of Katie Taylor’s achievements:
- She has won every European Amateur Championship title since 2005.
- She has won every EU Amateur Championship title since 2008.
- She has won every World Amateur Championship title (held biennially) since 2006.
- In 2009, she had won 60 out of 61 bouts.
- In 2010, with her third successive world title at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, she saw her 100th career win.
By comparison, professional boxer Bernard Dunne has won 28 out of 30 matches.
Taylor’s only appearance on RTÉ television was as warm-up act to Dunne’s fight at the O2 in Dublin in 2009.
Katie Taylor has probably had more wins in her sporting career than each of the previous RTÉ Sports Persons of the Year combined.
Katie Taylor is undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest sports person ever. She is one of the greatest female boxers in the world.
Her father, and coach, Peter Taylor has already expressed his dismay at the lack of coverage her achievements receive. The way she is treated by the State’s national broadcaster is a disgrace.
Sort it the fuck out, RTÉ.