Pride of Tallaght

By Aideen O'Flaherty

YOUTH Olympic double gold medallist Rhasidat Adeleke will be the special guest at this year’s Tallaght Person of the Year Awards, which will take place on November 16 in the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

The 16-year-old sprinter, who is a member of Tallaght Athletics Club, won the Maurice McConnell Youth Award at last year’s event, and this year will be a triumphant return for the talented sportswoman from Deer Park.

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Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates after winning the girls’ 100m Final in July at the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium during the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan

Rhasidat’s mother, Ade, told The Echo that she is very proud of and happy for her daughter, and when asked about how she feels about the wider Tallaght community recognising her daughter’s success, she said: “We really appreciate all of the support.”

An overall winner, who will be crowned Tallaght Person of the Year, will be named on the night, as well as winners in nine categories for Art and Culture, Sgt Andrew Callanan Community, Michael Dooley Environment, Learning and Innovation, Philip Preston Sport, Maurice McConnell Youth Award, Heart of Gold, Special Needs and Carers, and Business.

The nomination process kicked off on Monday, September 30 and will close on Monday, October 28, – people have been urged to nominate their unsung hero.

To nominate in one of the nine categories, simply visit www.tallaghtpersonawards.ie/nominate/ and fill out the fields.

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