Rowing Ireland wish to announce the start of the 2023 Volunteer of the Month Award. Volunteers in our sport play a vital role in the enjoyment, participation and safe organisation of our sport. We wish to recognise the significant part played by our legion of volunteers, by each month highlighting the efforts of the individuals and awarding them with the ‘Volunteer of the Month’ Award.

Whether it’s in your club or at committee or board level, being a volunteer can be immensely rewarding. And although it can seem that the altruistic intent puts the focus on helping others, volunteering also provides the volunteer with lots of benefits. Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills or try out a new activity. Recent research also shows that helping others can be a deeply fulfilling experience that’s positive for your wellbeing.

The following definition comes from Volunteer Ireland; What is volunteering? To put it simply, volunteering is doing more than you have to, because you want to, because you care.

We in rowing have an abundance of enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Volunteers. We would like your help to give formal recognition to those that go above and beyond to support our clubs and our sport.

Each month in 2023 we will award one volunteer with the title of ‘Volunteer of the Month’.

To do this we need your input, we are asking clubs and individuals to nominate their volunteer of the month. This award is open for all affiliated rowing clubs in Rowing Ireland. Nominations will open on the 11th of each month and close on the 21st of each month. The winner of the monthly award will be announced on the 24th of each month. There will be a prize every month for 12 months, and an overall ‘Volunteer of the Year’, selected from one of the 12 monthly winners.


  • All nominees must be members of Rowing Ireland and a paid member of an affiliated Club.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a member of an affiliated Rowing Ireland Club.
  • Must be an active volunteer in the sport.

Volunteer Annual Recognition and Celebration

We hope to hold an event at the end of this year that will celebrate all our volunteers, coaches and athletes. All 12 monthly winners will be invited to this awards ceremony where the overall winner of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ will be announced.