THE SHORTLIST for RTE Sport's Young Sportsperson of the Year award for 2022 was released on Tuesday.
The award that recognises Irish sporting achievements from home and abroad includes the likes of Rhasidat Adeleke, James Culhane, Eve McMahon, Israel Olatunde and Lisa O'Rourke as nominees this year.
Previous winners of the award include Irish goalkeeper Bazunu, who won the award in 2021, Oisin O’Callaghan in 2020, and Rhys McClenaghan became the first Irish gymnast to win the award in 2019.
This year's newly crowned winner is set to be announced live on RTÉ One on Saturday night, 17 December.
This year Jacqui Hurley, Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Ruby Walsh will present the RTÉ Sport Awards 2022.
RTÉ SPORT YOUNG SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2022 NOMINEES
Ireland's Rhasidat Adeleke ran a blistering run in the final of the women's 400m at the European Championship in Munich, finishing fifth, and breaking her own new Irish record she set in May. Earlier in the year the Tallaght woman also broke the Irish 60m indoor record.
Congratulations to @IsraelOlatunde5 and @rhasidatadeleke who have been nominated for the @RTEsport Young Sportsperson of the Year Award 🙌🏼
Well deserved 👏🏻👏🏻https://t.co/xpBKICYzty#IrishAthletics @irishathletics pic.twitter.com/QVuOQpDbrx
— Sport Ireland (@sportireland) December 7, 2022
The UCD number 8 was a standout performer as Ireland sealed an Under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam, putting in a series of sensational displays from the base of the scrum. The Leinster man was also named the Under-20 Six Nations Player of the Championship.
The 18-year-old Howth YC sailor, who completed her Leaving Certificate in the summer, retained her world title as she won gold at the ILCA6 Youth World Championships in Houston, Texas. The victory added to the golds she won at the Allianz Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands, and at the European Youth ILCA6 Championship in Greece earlier in July to clinch a hat-trick of golds.
Dundalk man Olatunde ran a new national record to finish sixth in the first ever appearance by an Irishman in the 100m final at a European Athletics Championships when running 10.17 seconds in Munich.
Castlerea native O’Rourke secured a gold medal at the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul, only 30 minutes after team-mate Amy Broadhurst had claimed her gold. The light middleweight boxer joined Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington and Michael Conlan in an elite club of five amateur World Champions from Ireland.
Lisa O'Rourke makes it two gold medals for Ireland at the World Championships 🇮🇪 🏅 pic.twitter.com/qtj1LsU2wX
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) May 19, 2022