Sports Star 2022

Echo Sports Awards 2022

All of our monthly sports stars are in the running for The Echo Sports Star of the Year award.

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


January Sports Star

Rhasidat Adeleke

Competing for the University of Texas at the Clemson Invite in South Carolina, Tallaght sprinter Rhasidat Adeleke became the first Irish female athlete to break the 37-second barrier when she clocked 36.87. She later set new Irish women’s indoor 200m and 60m records before the latter was won back by Molly Scott only last weekend.

February Sports Star

Ellen Walshe

Templeogue's Ellen Walshe certainly announced her arrival at University of Tennessee with a dominant performance at last month’s SEC Swimming & Diving Championships staged in Jones Aquatics Centre in Knoxville.

March Sports Star

Abdel Laadjel

A freshman at the University of Providence in Rhode Island, the Donore Harriers athlete broke the Irish Under 20 record for the 10,000m at the Raleigh Relays Meet in North Carolina in March. The meet saw Laadjel clock 29.23.92 to surpass the previous national best that had been set by another Donore man, Frank Greally back in 1970.

April Sports Star

Niamh Coyne

The Tallaght and National Centre swimmer completed a clean sweep in all three of her breaststroke events after she secured gold over 200m. Her finishing time of 2:27.40 was not only good enough to stave off the fierce challenge of runner-up, Molly Mayne (2:29.50) and third place, Ellie McCartney (2:31.54), but also came with a European Championship consideration time.

May Sports Star

Jack Woolley

Already a two-time winner of this accolade, the Tallaght man secured his place among the 2022 line-up after he captured silver at the European Senior Taekwondo Championships at the Manchester Regional Arena in May. And the Dubliner, who currently sits third in the Olympic rankings, pushed eventual champion, Cyrian Ravet all the way in the Flyweight decider.

June Sports Star

Cormac Dixon

June proved yet another great month for one of Tallaght AC’s up-and-coming athletes, Cormac Dixon. Representing his school, Holy Family CS in Rathcoole, he raced home to victory in the All-Ireland Schools Intermediate Championship 3000m race in Tullamore, staving off the strong challenge of Darragh Mulrooney.

July Sports Star

Rhasidat Adeleke

What a summer it has proven to be for Tallaght Athletic Club’s, Rhasidat Adeleke. The Texas University-based sprinter certainly announced herself on the World Senior Championship stage when she finished ninth in the 400m in Oregon.

August Sports Star

Jenny Egan-Simmons

A superb bronze-medal win at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships K1 5000m in Halifax, Canada was followed up with a sixth-place finish at the European Championships in Munich.