Awards 2009

Olive Loughnane of Loughrea AC was named Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Loughnane’s gave the entire nation a huge lift with her truly magnificent performance in winning a silver medal in the 20K Race Walk at the World Championships in Berlin that year. The Galway-born athlete walked her way into Irish athletics history joining an elite group of Irish athletes to have won a World Championships medal. Only Eamonn Coghlan, Sonia O’Sullivan and Gillian O’Sullivan had seen the tricolour raised in the 26-year history of the competition. 

An icon of Irish Athletics John Treacy was inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is fitting as it is the 30th anniversary of that never to be forgotten day in Irish sport when Treacy retained the World Cross Country title in front of 25,000 spectators at Limerick Racecourse. It is also the 25th anniversary of Treacy’s silver medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics’ Marathon

2009  Award Winners

  • Athlete of the Year: Olive Loughnane
  • Track Athlete of the Year: Derval O’Rourke - Leevale AC
  • Road/Cross County Athlete of the Year: Mary Cullen - North Sligo AC
  • Field Athlete of the Year: Kelly Proper - Ferrybank AC
  • Race Walker Athlete of the Year: Olive Loughnane - Loughrea AC
  • Junior/Emerging Athlete of the Year: Ciara Mageean - Lisburn AC
  • Masters Athlete of the Year: Jimmy McDonald - Menepians AC
  • Performance & Athlete of the Year: Olive Loughnane - Loughrea AC
  • Hall of Fame: John Treacy
  • Outstanding Official: Joe O’Flynn - Leevale AC
  • Lifetime Achievement: Sean Naughton - Nenagh Olympic AC
  • Club of the Year: Ferrybank AC
  • Coach of the Year: Sean & Terri Cahill - Cushinstown AC           

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