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Cora Staunton autobiography named Irish Sports Book of the Year

It overcame stiff competition from Andy Lee’s ‘Fighter’ and Davy Fitzgerald’s ‘At All Costs’ among others.

CORA STAUNTON’S ‘GAME Changer’ overcame stiff competition to be crowned the 2018 Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year at a ceremony in Dublin tonight.

The book, written in conjunction with journalist Mary White and published by Transworld Ireland, looks at Staunton’s rise to the top of ladies football and the various challenges along the way.

It was one of six books shortlisted, along with ‘At All Costs’ by Davy Fitzgerald with Vincent Hogan (Gill Books), ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly (Gill Books), ‘The Obsession’ by Seán Cavanagh (Black &White Publishing),  ‘The Hurlers’ by Paul Rouse (Penguin Ireland) and ‘Driven’ by Rosemary Smith with Ann Ingle (HarperCollins).

Previous winners of the award include ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ by David Walsh, ‘The Test’ by Brian O’Driscoll and ‘Until Victory Always: A Memoir’ by Jim McGuinness.

According to the awards’ official site, the winners are “decided by an online web-poll divided into two constituencies, a public vote and a specialist Academy vote, weighted equally and combined to produce the winners”.

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