Captain of the Irish Women’s Rugby Team, Niamh Briggs was today named as the Guaranteed Irish Sports Hero for 2017. The Irish Full Back was selected for the award following a public nomination process and was presented with the award at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4.
Throughout 2017, Guaranteed Irish will champion six exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to creating a better Ireland through: jobs, community and provenance. Niamh is the second of six Guaranteed Irish Heroes to be awarded, with artist Maser named Guaranteed Irish Hero for art in January. The remaining four Heroes will be awarded across science, music, technology and food later this year.
Speaking at the award ceremony, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Brid O’Connell today said: “Niamh is a true ambassador for Ireland so it is with great pleasure that we name her as the very first Guaranteed Irish Sports Hero today. Whilst we received hundreds of very strong nominations from the public, Niamh had by far the strongest support and was the clear winner of the Guaranteed Irish Sports Hero award for 2017.
“It is because of Niamh’s innovations in the game and sheer hard work that women’s rugby has been boosted both at home and abroad. With the Women’s Rugby World Cup on the horizon for this summer we wish Niamh and the team the very best of luck as they continue to do Ireland proud!”
On receiving the Guaranteed Irish Hero Award for Sport, Irish Women’s Rugby Captain Niamh Briggs today said:
“It is an honor to be the named as the Guaranteed Irish Sports Hero for 2017. As women’s rugby continues to grow, it is terrific that the sport is being recognised in this way.”
“I would like to thank everyone who nominated me to this accolade. I am delighted to be selected as the Sporting Hero 2017 for Guaranteed Irish. As the team and I look towards the Women’s Rugby World Cup this summer, this support is an excellent lift to help in our preparations.”