Katie Taylor is Ireland’s most admired sports star

Katie Taylor has landed her fair share of uppercuts in boxing rings around the globe. Now comes confirmation that she can deliver a knockout blow in the gender battle: the Bray woman is the dominant Irish sporting figure in the latest annual PSG Sponsorship “Sports Sentiment Index” for 2014, with 34 per cent of those surveyed placing the five-time world champion as their most admired athlete.

Katie Taylor

It is the third successive year that Taylor has emerged as the nation’s most admired sportsperson, her growth in popularity – up to 34 per cent from 25 per cent a year ago – building momentum from when she captured an Olympic gold medal in 2012. Taylor trailed behind Brian O’Driscoll and Rory McIlroy in a similar category in the 2011 index, at which point she accounted for 13 per cent. Her star has risen appreciably.

Hearts and Minds

Further evidence that Katie Taylor has ingrained herself in the hearts and minds of the Irish sporting public is that she is rated the most “admired female sports star” by 71 per cent of those surveyed, up from 56 per cent last year. Taylor’s winning of a fifth world title is also recognised as the “most iconic” moment in Irish sport of the past year, coming in ahead of O’Driscoll’s last game for Ireland.

Whilst Taylor’s status as the most admired current Irish sportsperson has strengthened, the survey reveals a different scenario for the world’s number one golfer McIlroy. In that 2011 index, McIlroy was second only to O’Driscoll – then at the height of his popularity – and placed ahead of Taylor. On that occasion, O’Driscoll was tops with 16.7 per cent, with McIlroy in close pursuit on 16.3 per cent.

Alex Todd Brand Manager at Its4women commented "Congratulations Katie you are amazing. This girl is just oozing with talent."

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