Congratulations to this month’s winner of Volunteer of the Month John O’Meara of Castletownshend Rowing Club. John was nominated by his club and below are just a few of the reasons why he is such a deserving winner.
John O’Meara is a passionate rower, and rowing fan, as well as being the Joint Chairperson of Castletownshend Rowing Club. He has done so much for the club, being the Joint Chairperson, Safety Officer, Grants coordinator, and so much more.
The village of Castletownshend has a proud rowing tradition. Founded in 1996, this club had huge success in yawl rowing in the early years of this century but had lost membership in the intervening years. A new era began in July 2017 when a new committee was elected, including John’s first committee role as joint Chairperson. Under their leadership the club has moved in a different direction, becoming affiliated to Rowing Ireland, concentrating fully on Offshore Rowing under international federation (FISA) rules.
John has given up endless free time to work in the clubhouse, painting, plumbing, patching and cleaning, no job too dirty! His tireless work has been a massive contribution to the club’s recent good times. He is always on hand to help get people on the water, even if he ends up IN the water himself.
John is dedicated to coaching and encouraging newer members. He was instrumental in fundraising for the purchase of the Club’s new quad boat in 2018. He has done the boring paperwork submissions for grant funding, resulting in new equipment to help bring the club from strength to strength in recent years. He has helped to set the positive and inclusive atmosphere for Castletownshend Rowing Club, and he is as proud of the members as they are of him.
He has travelled far and wide throughout Ireland to raise the profile of the club, and the sport of Offshore Rowing, and incidentally make new friends. His car is a common sight at regattas, packed to the roof rack with toolboxes, life jackets, bags of bananas, and a single scull on top. His good humour and generosity are well known among the offshore rowing community.
We hope you will agree that he’s the flamingo’s feathers, and every club should have a John O’Meara!