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Congratulations Sally Kavanagh!

Published: February 9, 2024


CONGRATULATION TO SALLY KAVANAGH WHO HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2023 WATERFORD RECIPIENT OF THE FEDERATION OF IRISH SPORT VOLUNTEERS IN SPORT AWARDS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF 29 LOCAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS.

The awards ceremony will take place at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on Thursday 29th February 2024

Friday 9th February 2024: The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the County recipients of the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards proudly supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. The Waterford award for 2023 has been awarded to Sally Kavanagh of Waterford Hockey Club.

Recognising the depth and breadth of volunteering in sporting communities nationwide, these dedicated volunteers will be celebrated at a national awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 29th February 2024. The invited special guest speaker is Minister Thomas Byrne, Minster of State with responsibility for Sport and Physical Education, which is testament to the commitment at government level to supporting and recognising the vital role of volunteers in advancing sports participation and community development.

The winner of the award for Co. Waterford is Sally Kavanagh of Waterford Hockey Club. Sally has been a club member for over half a century. Having played hockey for UCC and Munster during the 60’s and 70’s, when she arrived in Waterford, the female team was about to disband due to lack of numbers. Sally got the team up and running again and played until 1980, serving as team captain and club captain. During a long-term as club secretary, she introduced the “Floodlit League” to raise much needed funds. In 2012 she was President of the Munster Branch of Hockey Ireland and in 2015 she served as President of Waterford Hockey Club. She is a true advocate for the game and consummate Volunteer in Sport. The economic significance of volunteering in sport cannot be overstated, it has an estimated
value of €1.5 billion annually to the Irish economy. This figure underscores the immense social and economic benefits derived from the invaluable contributions of volunteers across the Irish sporting landscape.

In addition to the county award winners being recognised at the ceremony, anticipation will be high as one exceptional individual will be awarded with the overall Outstanding Volunteer Award. Federation CEO Mary O’Connor commented; “We are looking forward to celebrating the exceptional contributions made by volunteers in sport from all over the country. Working behind the scenes volunteers play a crucial role in fostering community engagement, promoting physical activity, and driving the success of sporting events nationwide, they are truly #DedicatedToTheDedicated.

The awards promise to be yet again another remarkable event acknowledging the time and passion of those involved in sport locally and to say, ‘thank you’ for their dedication.” Commenting on the announcement of the list of recipients, Head of Sport, Louth LSP, Louth
County Council and member of the judging panel Graham Russell stated, “The 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards serve as a reminder of the power of volunteering in sport, celebrating individuals whose unwavering dedication enriches lives, strengthens communities,
and encourages a culture of active living.”

For more information, please visit www.volunteersinsport.ie

 


Article Modified: February 09, 2024 11:04 am

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