The 2009 Westmeath Examiner Sport Stars of the Year Awards, in association with the Mullingar Park Hotel, took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday 5th February 2010. The award ceremony was compered by RTÉ presenter and sports pundit Colm Murray, who added some of his well-known flair and fun to the proceedings.
The Westmeath Examiner has prided itself on its central role in promoting local sport for more than a century and is proud, also of the recognition it has received on many occasions in so doing.
Please see below for a list of the monthly winners
January- Kathryn Nea- Scór na nÓg
February- Darren McCormack-Hurling
March- Mullingar Hockey Club
Chris Bull, Mullingar Hockey Club, centre, accepts the award for the month of March from Ciara Gray, Marketing Manager, Mullingar Park Hotel. On left is Paul Hughes, Westmeath Examiner.
April- Barry Kelly-Referee
May- Westmeath Under 16 Camogie Team
June-Jake Byrne (Joint Winner)-Athletics
June-Shane Fitzsimons (Joint Winner)-Athletics
July- Aoife Carton-Pitch and Putt
August- Robbie McCarthy-Handball
September- John Joe Nevin-Boxing
October- Lakeside Wheelers
Voted cycling club of the year, Mullingar based, Lakeside Wheelers won the October monthly award. Pictured are Club Chairman, Shay O’Toole and Carmel Dolan, who was the club’s most improved rider in 2009.
November- Westmeath Community Games
December- Mullingar Equestrian Centre
Sports Star of the Year-John Joe Nevin-Boxing
Young Sports Star of the Year-Jake Byrne-Athletics
Hall of Fame- Christy Whelehan
Readers Choice Award- Sarah Jackson representing Westmeath Under 16 Camogie Team
The winners at the Westmeath Examiner Sport star of the Year awards night. Back row, from left: Barry Kelly (April winner), Sarah Jackson (on behalf of Westmeath under 16 camogie team, May winner), Robbie McCarthy (August winner), Darren McCormack (February winner), Mick Gibson-Brabazon (on behalf of Mullingar Hockey Club, March winners), Kathryn Nea (January winner), Shane Fitzsimons (June winner), Shay O’Toole (on behalf of Lakeside Wheelers, October winner), Aoife Carton (July winner), Johnny Crowley (on behalf of Westmeath Community Games, November winner), Dorothy O’Keeffe (on behalf of Mullingar Equestrian Centre, December winner) and John FitzSimons (Sport Editor, Westmeath Examiner). Front row from left: Eilish Ryan (Editor, Westmeath Examiner), Jake Byrne (Young Sport Star of the Year winner), Josephine Hughes (Mullingar Park Hotel), John Joe Nevin (Sport Star of the Year winner), Frank Mulrennan (Director of Operations, Celtic Media Group) and Bernadette Whelehan (on behalf of Christy Whelehen, winner of the Posthumous Hall of Fame Award).