The Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 are presented by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, the Federation of Irish Sport,the Irish Sports Council and The Community Foundation of Ireland. The Volunteers in Sport Awards honor the work of volunteers in Irish sport.
First held in 2007, the awards recognise coaches, managers, officials and administrators who give of their time to grow and develop amateur sports.
The commitment, dedication and leadership of Ireland’s sporting volunteers, found to be in the region of 450,000 people, allow athletes and communities to participate in sport all around the country. It is estimated that over a million hours are put into sport on a weekly basis by adults volunteering in sport.
This vital contribution to Ireland’s sporting life was recognised by Sycerika McMahon, Philip Ryan & Martin Kennedy who launched the 2012 awards. All spoke of vital role volunteers play in Irish Sport.
Members of the public are invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to their sport has made a real difference and to provide details on the person nominated. Ten winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. An Overall or Lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded.
Previous winners include Liam Sheedy, who managed Tipperary to All Ireland Senior success in 2010, Oliver O’Neill, youth coach and father of Olympic Boxer Darren O’Neill and Dublin City Marathon organiser Jim Aughney. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards is 12noon, Friday 30th May 2014.