The current world number one golfer Rory McIlroy has been named as the 2012 BBC Northern Ireland’s Sports Personality of the Year. Rory, who secured his 2nd major championship title in the year 2012, received that BBC NI honor for the 2nd year in a row.
Twenty three year old McIlroy told that it is really nice to have been recognized, mainly back at home. He told that he already thrilled to start the 2013 season fresh. He is really motivated to play better and get more titles next year.
Rory stated that his success has been a mixture of winning different tournaments throughout the year as well as playing good in all the top tournaments. Each year Ireland or Northern Ireland brings some great moments in sports and it is lovely that people have recognized his achievement.
The judging panel – Shane Glynn (Editor Sport BBC NI), Steven Beacom (Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor and Thomas Hawkins (Irish News Sports Editor) had a real tough job of selecting a winner from something that was really a good year for local sport.
Rory McIlroy topped the list that had 6 sporting personalities with Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth at joint second. The other sports figures on the list were AP McCoy (jockey), Jim McGuinness and Olympics bronze medal winning boxer Paddy Barnes.
Sport BBC NI Shane Glynn told that this was really great year for sports; and local sporting heroes played a big role in making 2012 an unforgettable year.