Bray’s Katie Taylor included in new list of ’10 people who most affected our lives’
Bray boxing hero Katie Taylor has been included in a new list of ’10 people who most affected out lives’ over the past decade.
In an article headlined ‘The woman who smashed down the barriers for women’s sport’, published in the Irish Independent, Katie is described as “a sportsperson completely different from the norm”.
The tribute says: “In a decade in which outward signs of Christian faith seemed to diminish ever more in this country, the Co Wicklow fighter never shirked from announcing her love of God. And, in her finest hour, many were struck by her deep sense of faith.”
The article says Katie’s success has played a major role in increasing “both the prominence of and participation levels” in women’s sport, adding: “In the space of 10 years, the sea change has been extraordinary. This year marked a record 56,000 crowd at the All-Ireland Ladies’ Gaelic Football Final, beating records set in the previous two years. The women’s hockey team got to the finals of the World Championships last year and have booked their place in the Tokyo Olympics next year. The ladies’ soccer team have also been pulling in ever larger crowds with one of them, Stephanie Roche, earning a Puskás nomination for European goal of the year.”
It concludes by saying: “The ever-humble Taylor would not wish to take credit for helping to increase the profile of any of those sports, but she certainly played her part. And, now, at 33, she is showing no signs of wanting to hang up her gloves any time soon.”