2022 was perhaps the best year ever for Ireland at Youth level.
Record amounts of medals were won at the European and World Championships, with large teams being sent, and new stars emerging.
This category focuses solely on amateurs in the Youth (Under-18) category but boxers even younger have been excelling on the European stage. These include the likes of Ava Henry and Tadhg O’Donnell who won gold at the Junior (Under-16) Championships and Brandon Geoghegan, Christian Doyle and Elma Barry who topped the podium at Schools (Under-14) level along with a further 19 medals at these tournaments.
This award is named in honour of Kevin Sheehy, a young star himself. The dearly departed Limerick heavyweight roared onto the scene at Youth level, competing at the World Championships and looked set to have a long and successful career before he was taken from us.
An impossible one to narrow down, with medallists Lee McEvoy, Nathan Ojo, Georgia McGovern, Winnie McDonagh, Katie O’Keefe, and Patsy Joyce all deserving honourable mentions, we have chosen FIVE incredible talents to choose from following a stellar year in the vest.
Votes are limited to ONE per IP address.
Cliona D’Arcy (Tobar Pheadair)
The Galway heavyweight did the double, winning gold at both the Europeans and the World championships. Too skilled for opponents much bigger than her, it’s scary to think that D’Arcy has another year at this level.
Jim Donovan (OLOL)
Cousin of Paddy, the latest Donovan welterweight ignored interest from the pros and, following heartbreak at the Europeans, came back to captain the team and win a brilliant bronze at the Worlds.
Bobbi Flood (Cabra)
A first-year Youth, the light middle became just the fifth Irish male to win European goal when he dominated the field in Bulgaria. Slick and dangerous, Flood already sparring pros and is a Dublin star of the future.
Laura Moran (St Anne’s)
The Westport warrior won European silver and World bronze in a brilliant year for the light middleweight. Often the smaller fighter, Moran never said die, overwhelming opponents with her attacks.
Dearbhla Tinnelly (Clann Naofa)
One of the stars of the Europeans, Tinnelly romped home to gold and followed this up with a silver at the Worlds. The Dundalk light heavyweight is big, strong, and a natural leader – captaining the team in Spain.
Cast your votes below:
Voting will stay open for the next two weeks and the winners of each award will be revealed at our first-ever in-person ceremony on Thursday January 26th at the Twenty-Two venue in Dublin city.
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