Kay Curley Named 2022 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteer of the Year for County Sligo
KAY CURLEY NAMED THE 2022 COUNTY SLIGO 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 22nd March 2023:
The Federation of Irish Sport has today announced the winners of the 2022 Volunteers in Sport Awards proudly supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. The County Sligo award for 2022 has been awarded to Kay Curley of Sligo Tennis Club.
The Volunteers in Sport Awards celebrate the contributions of the band of volunteers across the country who give their time to Irish sport and physical activity every year. Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and Physical Education Thomas Byrne TD is the special guest speaker at the awards, which will take place next week on March 22nd at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown and hosted by sports broadcaster Gráinne McElwain. The event will see volunteers from all 32 counties honoured for their amazing dedication to volunteering across a variety of different sports. Guests will also include key
stakeholders from the sector. The overall Outstanding Achievement Award will be revealed on the day.
The winner of the award for Co. Sligo is Kay Curley of Sligo Tennis Club. Kay has been volunteering at the club for more than 35 years and has continuously helped to develop and improve it. Throughout the whole club you will see the effort that Kay puts in as no stone is left unturned. Kay has had many roles at the club and served on 3 committees over the years and continues to do whatever is necessary to keep the place in shape. On top of all this Kay also helps with any fundraising for the club by organising many different themed events throughout the year and catering for them too. Although, it is regular Monday nights where you can see the great effort that Kay puts in as she runs her Special Olympics programme ‘Special O’s’. An hour of badminton followed by treats in the clubhouse. This has been a fantastic success and the programme has inspired volunteers of all ages to lend a helping hand.
Throughout December and January members of the public, sports clubs and governing bodies were invited by the Federation of Irish Sport in partnership with the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships to nominate an individual whose contribution to sport and physical activity in Ireland has made a real difference to their community, club or county. Following a shortlisting process by the Selection Committee, the judging panel consisting of 9 individuals drawn from sports administration, academia, the volunteer community and media, and included former Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, RTÉ broadcaster, Marie Crowe and Declan Jordan, Senior Lecturer in Economics at UCC.
Commenting on the awards, Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne TD said:
“The volunteers being recognised today deserve enormous credit. Their work, often unseen and undertaken without any fuss or fanfare, makes sport a reality for hundreds if not thousands of people in their communities. In particular, the work of volunteers enables young people to play the sport that they love, to meet their friends and form lasting friendships. In so many ways, volunteers are the lifeblood of sport in this country, and I am privileged to have this opportunity to publicly acknowledge their vital contribution to Irish sport.”
Speaking about the importance of the awards, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, Mary O’Connor said:
“In every county throughout the country, clubs and sporting organisations facilitate multi-generational opportunities for people to be involved in sport and physical activity. The work and goodwill of sport volunteers across the country cannot be taken for granted… Every week in Ireland more than 450,000 volunteers bring sport and physical activity to life for our communities and it’s time we afford their hard work the recognition it deserves. It is therefore important that we showcase the size and scale of this contribution by bringing such volunteers together today at the Volunteers in Sport Awards with attendees from every county in the country to shine a spotlight on the positive work they do for sport and physical activity.”
CEO Sport Ireland, Dr. Una May commented:
“I would like to congratulate all the winners at the Volunteers in Sport Awards. Sport Ireland and its network of Local Sports Partnerships are delighted to recognise the invaluable contribution of volunteers to the promotion of sport and physical activity in Ireland. The LSPs collaborate with and depend on the remarkable dedication of volunteers to create opportunities for all members of the community to participate in sport and physical activity. This ensures a culture where sport and physical activity is inclusive and accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or abilities. We are grateful for the inspiring efforts of the volunteers being celebrated today, and all volunteers across the country, who help us achieve this.”
Sports Co-ordinator Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Deirdre Lavin said:
“At Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership we are committed to supporting sports volunteers in clubs and community organisations across the County who make such a critical contribution to ensuring that people of all ages and all abilities enjoy different forms of physical activity. We are privileged to see, first hand, the amazing work these people do and the difference they bring to the lives of so many people. We extend our congratulations to Kay Curley from Sligo Tennis Club who received the Sligo award for 2022, a fitting acknowledgement of her contribution to the club and the sports of tennis and badminton over the last 35 years where her generosity of her time and spirit has brought joy to so many people.”