Katie sees out 2012 in glory

Bray boxer picks up RTE award

Bray People - - SPORT - MARK KENNEDY Sports Re­porter

BRAY'S FE­MALE box­ing star Katie Tay­lor picked up yet an­other end of year award for her 2012 achieve­ments in the ring last week.

This time she was cho­sen as RTE's sports per­son of the year fol­low­ing her hero­ics in win­ning Olympic Gold in Lon­don in Au­gust.

The RTE gong comes within days of Bray's box­ing le­gend pick­ing up a monthly as well as the oves­rall award at the Ir­ish Times/Ir­ish Sports Coun­cil's gala awards cer­e­mony in Dublin.

It has been a truly amaz­ing year for Tay­lor who won her fourth con­sec­u­tive world ti­tle at the AIBA world cham­pi­onships in China be­fore head­ing to Lon­don to win Olympic gold in the women's 60kg com­pe­ti­tion.

Katie brought Ire­land its first box­ing gold in 20 years, our pre­vi­ous golden boy was Michael Car­ruth in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Ath­lete Fion­nu­ala Brit­ton, a mem­ber of the Kil­coole Club, was also one of the nom­i­nees for the RTE sports per­son of the year award, hav­ing re­tained her Euro­pean cross­county ti­tle in bril­liant fash­ion in Bu­dapest.

Brit­ton won a sec­ond gold in th­ese cham­pi­onships in early De­cem­ber when she led the Ir­ish team to the win­ner's podium, get­ting her and her team-mates a sec­ond nom­i­na­tion for the RTE sports team of the year award.

How­ever it was Katie Tay­lor who was the shin­ing star at the RTE awards. The ac­co­lade of RTE sports per­son of the year was richly de­served, recog­ni­tion of the fact that she has been the em­bod­i­ment of women's box­ing for sev­eral years.

She has lifted women's box­ing to be rightly reck­onised as a main­stream sport and she is de­lighted that its is get­ting the recog­ni­tion it de­serves. Claim­ing Olympic Gold in Lon­don has been the ful­fill­ment of her dreams in box­ing, but it does not stop there.

She has set her sights on de­fend­ing her Olympic ti­tle in Rio in 4 years time and also on re­tain­ing her Euro­pean and World ti­tles. 'I'm as hun­gry as ever' she has said.

Al­ready Katie is back in the gym train­ing and itching to get back into the ring. De­tails of her first fight since the Olympics have been re­vealed and it will be a cel­e­bra­tory home coming bout in the Grant Canal Threatre on Fe­bru­ary 24.

All 2,100 tick­ets sold out within hours, show­ing the mass ap­peal that the Bray lass nows com­mands, not just among the box­ing fra­ter­nity but well be­yond. As a re­sult a sec­ond box­ing show is planned for Tay­lor for March 22.

Pete and Katie Tay­lor pose for the cam­eras af­ter Katie picked up the RTE Sports Per­son of the Year award.

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