00:00 Saturday 31 December 2011 

Celtic Ross Sports Star award for Steve Redmond

STEVE Redmond from Ballydehob was presented with the Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Month award for December in recognition of his swimming prowess, which has also seen him nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year 2011 award - the winner of which will be announced this weekend.

The overall winner of the 2011 Celtic Ross West Cork Sports Star of the Year, held in conjunction with The Southern Star and c103fm, will be announced at a gala banquet in the Rosscarbery hotel on Saturday, January 14th, when two new awards will also be presented - the Hall of Fame award to Beara sporting legend Riobard O'Dwyer and the Celtic Ross West Cork Youth Sports Star of the Year award to kickboxer Lily de la Cour.

Special guest for the dinner will be Munster and Ireland rugby legend Alan Quinlan. A limited of tickets is available through awards co-ordinator Shane Kierans at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, telephone 023-8851000.

The December monthly award was presented to Steve Redmond by Helen Wycherley of the Celtic Ross Hotel. Steve is still on course to become the first man to complete the Ocean's Seven Challenge a swim of the world's most difficult channels something that has never been achieved by anyone. Steve has now completed four of the seven swims: In 2009 he swam the English Channel, in 2010 he did the gruelling North Channel swim, from Portpatrick, near Larne, in Scotland, to Blackhead, north of Belfast Harbour.

In April of this year, Steve completed the third of the challenges, swimming the Strait of Gibraltar. In October he completed swim No 4 in California. Now the remaining three - Hawaii, New Zealand and Japan - are all within his compass and, with a bit of luck, he will complete the Ocean's Seven Challenge by the middle of 2012, as he strives to become the first person ever to do so.

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