The announcement of Jason Quigley as the Donegal Sports Star of 2013 was very well received at the Awards Night in the Mount Errigal Hotel.
There may not have been much surprise when the announcement was made, but it was a very worthy choice as the Finn Valley Boxing Club member had a magnificent year with European gold and World silver.
Quigley, ranked No. 1 in the world in his weight, dedicated his win to his father and coach, Conor.
On a very good night for sport in the county, the special guest was FAI chief, John Delaney, who seemed very much at home when interviewed on stage by MC for the night, Chris Ashmore.
Among the other highlights of the night was a special award to Jason Black for making his own piece of history by climbing Mount Everest. His interview with the MC was a special moment as he urged young people to set their targets high.
The Donegal hurlers had a good night winning the coach award (Ray Durack) and the team award for winning the Nicky Rackard Cup, while one of the legends of soccer, Hughie ‘Dickie’ Doherty of Buncrana was honoured with the Hall of Fame Award.
The full list of winners was:
Athletics: Mark English, Letterkenny AC
Badminton: Chloe Magee, Raphoe
Basketball: Cian and Tadhg Hickey, Letterkenny Blaze
Boxing: Jason Quigley, Finn Valley
Clay Pigeon Shooting: David Porter, Lifford.
Cycling: Philip Deignan, Letterkenny
Special Athlete: Eileen Ferry, Errigal Sports and Social Club
Darts: Charlie Grant, Quigley’s Point
Equestrian: Kenneth Graham, Muff
GAA: Michael Murphy, Glenswilly
Golf: Brian McElhinney, Foyle Golf Club
Gymnastics: Megan Lynch, Desertegney
Hockey: Matthew Lecky, Raphoe
Hurling: Danny Cullen, Setanta
Martial Arts: Natalie McCarron, PTs, Carrigans
Motor Cycling: Aaron McBride, Convoy
Motor Sport: Declan and Brian Boyle, Lettermacaward
Professional Sport Achievement: Martin Harley, Trentagh
Rowing: Larissa Muldoon, Cappry and Nora Stapleton, Buncrana
Soccer: Barry McNamee, Derry City
Surf Lifesaving: Triona McMenamin, Letterkenny
Swimming: Anne Marie Ward, Portnablagh
Transplant Athlete: Vienna White, Letterkenny
Triathlon: Gavin Crawford, 24/7 Letterkenny Club
Primary School Sports Boy: Conor O’Donnell, St. Patricks NS, Carndonagh
Primary Schools Sports Girl: Gemma McFadden, Kilmacrennan NS
Secondary School Sports Boy: Jamie Brennan, Magh Ene, Bundoran
Secondary School Sports Girls: Arlene Crossan, Loreto Secondary, Letterkenny
Team Manager/Coach: Ray Durack, Donegal Hurling manager
Appreciation: Hughie Rua Gallagher, Gweedore.
Brendan McDaid Memorial Special Achievement: Jason Black (Mount Everest Ascent)
Team: Donegal GAA Senior Hurling team
Primary School: Soil Cholmcille, Letterkenny
Primary School Sports Teacher: Pauric McKinney, Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana
Secondary School: Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana
Secondary School Sports Teacher: Seosamh Mac Ceallabhui, Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny
International Achievement: Maeve McCarron, Carrigart BC
Special Recognition: Ciara Grant, Letterkenny and Raheny Celtic
Hall of Fame: Hughie ‘Dickie’ Doherty, Buncrana
Overall Doengal Sports Star: Jason Quigley