RTE Sports Person Of The Year Odds – Women Dominate The Betting
We have an RTÉ Sports Person of the Year prediction plus betting odds for you as we look at the major candidates for the prize in 2023.
What Is The RTE Sports Person of the Year Award?
The RTÉ Sports Person of the Year Award takes place each December and is awarded to the Irish sportsperson who has achieved the most that year. The winner is chosen by a special panel of RTÉ journalists and editorial staff aside from 2016 which was selected by a public vote from a pre-determined shortlist.
Four people have won the award multiple times. Runner and Cork women Sonia O’Sullivan has won the award five times (1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000) and is the only person to win the trophy in three consecutive years 1993-1995.
Golfer Padraig Harrington is the most successful male with three wins (2002, 2007, 2008), and Katie Taylor has also three wins (2012, 2020, 2022) Rory McIlroy is the only other multiple winner (2011, 2014).
The oldest winner of the award is Christy O’Connor Jnr, who won in 1989 aged 41 for a shot during the 1989 Ryder Cup while Rory Mcllroy is the youngest winner (2011) aged 22.
RTE Sports Person of the Year Odds
|RTE Sports Person of the Year Odds 2023
RTE Sports Person of the Year Betting Favourites
Katie Taylor – 7/4
The current holder of the crown, in a day where so-called modern-day athletes have questionable motives and morals. That assertion can never be put on Katie who is not only a World Class boxer, but a consummate professional and so it’s no surprise she is never far away from winning this award.
That being said, 2023 has been far from a vintage year for Taylor with her only bout coming against Chantelle Cameron in the 3Arena Dublin back on May 20th for the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring female light-welterweight titles.
It wasn’t to be for Taylor that night who never looked comfortable in the fight losing out by a by a majority decision (94–96, 94–96, 95–95). This was Taylor’s first professional bout in Ireland as she attempted to become a two-weight undisputed world champion.
As it stands there is no chance Katie retains the award, however, their rematch has been scheduled for the 25th of November. If Katie wins the bout then she’ll win this award. When Katie lost she could’ve easily retired at (37) she has nothing to prove but staying on, fighting back and avenging the defeat would be exactly the personality that this award warrants.
Cameron & Taylor trade off 🤯
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) August 3, 2023
Katie McCabe – 9/4
The biggest challenger to Katie Taylor? Another Katie! when we talk about Ireland Women’s Captain Katie McCabe it’s hard to run out of superlatives. She’s a trailblazer, an icon, and a genuinely elite sportsperson playing at the top of her game for both club and country.
For Arsenal in the 22/23 season, Katie was named their Player of the Season for the second time. Taylor was a crucial component of the Arsenal team which came third in the WSL, won the League Cup and got as far as the Champions League Semi-Finals. In fact, Katie was named in the Champions League Team of the Season for her performances.
She also captained Ireland at their first-ever Women’s World Cup and scored one of the most iconic goals in Irish Football history with her corner-kick. However, Ireland unfortunately did not get out of their group. I think that will prevent her from winning this prize especially if Katie Taylor wins her fight.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) July 26, 2023
Johnny Sexton – 5/1
Third in the betting is Johnny Sexton who already won the RTE Sportsperson of the Year award in 2018. That made him the fourth rugby player to do so following Ralph Keyes, Ronan O’Gara, and Brian O’Driscoll.
Sexton (38) is still a major influence on Irish rugby today, helping to guide Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam victory back in March. Unfortunately, a groin injury prematurely ended his time with Leinster, but he will be back fit for one last go with Ireland at the World Cup before retiring.
Following that Grand Slam, Ireland are currently the number one ranked side in the world and will be expected to mount a serious challenge at the Rugby World Cup. If their campaign is successful (a semi-final appearance at minimum) it would make it the first time Ireland have gone that far in the Rugby World Cup, then Sexton could be a big contender for this award.
🗣 "It's like living in a dream. I'm worried I'm going to wake up!
🗣 "Bloody hell what a team.
🗣 "It's dream come true stuff, I'm pinching myself.
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 18, 2023
Leona Maguire – 7/1
Fourth in the betting is Leona Maguire who will be in contention to become the first-ever Women’s Golfer to win this award despite the sport having the most wins in the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award (11), they have all been men.
Leona (28) has become the latest Irish Woman to become a trail-blazer in her chosen sport when on the 18th of June Maguire achieved her second victory on the LPGA Tour. That made her the first Irish woman to do so, by winning the Meijer LPGA Classic.
That victory was followed up by an 11th-place finish at the 2023 Women’s PGA Championship, but the result was enough to elevate her to a career-high of 10th in the world rankings, becoming the first Irish woman to break into the top ten.
Leona could be a player for this award for years to come, although I think this year might be a year too early for her.
— Leona Maguire (@leona_maguire) August 14, 2023
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