Katie Taylor’s gold medal at the London Olympics was the greatest sporting achievement of the year according to the 2012 Sport Sentiment Index published by Pembroke Communications. Taylor who was announced on Thursday as the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year must surely be in the running to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year at the RTE Sport Awards to be held on December 23rd.

The Index also found that 38% of those surveyed felt that the Irish Team that competed at the Paralympic Games was the team of the year.

Key Findings from the 2012 Sport Sentiment Index:

  • Walking, running, cycling and swimming attracting huge numbers
  • Katie Taylor winning gold is greatest sporting achievement of 2012
  • Irish Paralympic team voted “Team of the Year” by 38%
  • 53% say Katie Taylor Ireland’s greatest current sports star
  • 89% believe Irish sporting success has a positive impact on the country’s reputation