Echo Sports Awards 2021

The Echo 2021 Sports Star of the Year contenders.

This year’s winner will be announced virtually at 8pm on Friday, January 21.

The Echo Sports Awards are supported by the South Dublin County Sports Partnership and South Dublin County Council.


January Sports Star

Nadia Power

Templeogue athlete Nadia Power enjoyed a great start to 2021, twice breaking the Irish 800m Indoor record on her way to the podium at both the Vienna International and World Indoor Tour.

February Sports Star

Rhasidat Adeleke

In February, Tallaght athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke set a new Irish Junior 400m Indoor record when representing University of Texas in the Big 12 Championship.

March Sports Star

Kate Frost

Templeogue badminton player, Kate Frost together with Moya Ryan reached the last 16 of the Swiss Open Super 300, and with that, climbed to 105th place in the world rankings.

April Sports Star

Ellen Walshe

After breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100m Butterfly for a second time in April, Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe played her part in two National Senior Relay record-breaking swims at the European Swimming Championships.

May Sports Star

Jenny Egan

In May, Lucan canoeist, Jenny Egan captured a silver medal in the K1 5000m at the ICF Senior Canoe Sprint World Cup in Russia before finishing fourth in the European Championships.

June Sports Star

Jack Woolley

South Dublin Taekwondo’s Jack Woolley topped the podium at the Mexico Open, beating World silver medallist and Pan-American champion Brandon Plaza in the final.

July Sports Star

Rhasidat Adeleke

Tallaght Athletic Club’s, Rhasidat Adeleke secured her second nomination in July when she won gold in both the 100m and 200m races at the European Under 20 Championships.

August Sports Star

Shane O’Donoghue

Knocklyon’s Shane O’Donoghue was the star performer for Ireland in their bronze medal win at the EuroHockey Championships in Poland where the Glenanne man was named ‘Player of the Tournament’.

September Sports Star

Jenny Egan

In September, Jenny Egan also secured a second nomination when she won the K1 5000m silver medal at the ICF Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships which went a long way to seeing her finish the year as the World Number One in that division.

October Sports Star

Jodie Browne

Tallaght Martial Arts kickboxer Jodie Browne scooped gold at the WAKO World Senior Kickboxing Championships in Italy, beating defending champion Tina Baloh and European gold medallist Stefane Mergli on the way.

November Sports Star

Jack Woolley

In November, Jack Woolley recorded his 50th medal at a senior World Taekwondo-recognised event when he won silver at the French Open in Paris before picking up gold in the Bosnia & Herzegovina Open in Sarajevo.

December Sports Star

Ellen Walshe

Ellen Walshe completed The Echo Sports Star of the Month winners list for 2021 when she won silver in the 400m IM at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi where she also carded six PBs and five Irish senior record times.