McElwaine siblings on the double

A Letterkenny brother and sister wrote their names into Donegal sporting history when they both picked up awards at the Donegal Sports Star Awards.

A Letterkenny brother and sister wrote their names into Donegal sporting history when they both picked up awards at the Donegal Sports Star Awards.

Conor and Kirsty McIlwaine of the Grange, Letterkenny, became the first siblings to be honoured in the one year in two separate sports.

Conor was the first up to the podium on Friday night in the Mount Errigal Hotel, to receive the cycling award and he was followed by Kirsty to receive the swimming award. “We went along to the awards because we had been nominated but did not expect to pick up anything and it was a real surprise to pick-up two awards,” said Conor.

“And when I received mine we certainly did not expect that Kirsty would win the swimming as well. Obviously we are really delighted to receive the awards. Some said alright that we may have been the first brother and sister to win awards for two different sports on the one night, but to be honest it is not something we have given much thought to since,” added Conor, a Leaving Certificate student at Colaiste Ailigh who is back studying this week for his mocks which are due to start next week.

“Whatever about Conor receiving an award, mine was a total surprise and I was most definitely not expecting the award. But it is nice to get it and I suppose the fact that Conor also won makes it special for the family,” said Kirsty.

Conor is a member of the Errigal Cycling Club while Kirsty is a member of the Swilly Seals Swimming Club and is also a champion Triathlete and a member of the Irish Junior Triathlon Academy.

Kirtsy is also a student at Colaiste Ailigh and is in second year. However unlike big brother Conor, who is concentrating on his Mocks and the Leaving Certificate in June, Kirsty had the first of five special training sessions with the Irish Triathlon Academy, on Sunday in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, which will continue for the next few months.