Boxing Club members named County Award Recipients in the Volunteers in Sport Awards

Two key members of boxing clubs have been named County Award Recipients in the Federation of Irish Sport’s 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards

They are Mick Duddy of Ring Boxing Club, Derry and Amanda Spencer of Jobstown Boxing Club, Dublin – both were nominated through the public process underway between November 13th and December 18th, for their commitment to their clubs and local communities.

Supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships 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.

With a record-breaking number of entries, the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards have seen nominations from over 50 different sporting disciplines, highlighting the widespread impact of volunteering ranging from mass participation sports to new and emerging sports. The 32 county awards will be presented, honouring outstanding volunteers from every corner of the country who have demonstrated commitment and dedication, serving as role models within their communities and inspiring others to get involved in sports volunteering.

FULL LIST OF 2023 VOLUNTEERS IN SPORT AWARDS COUNTY RECIPIENTS

CountyFirstSurnameClub
AntrimCathrynWatsonBallymoney Hockey Club
ArmaghCiaránMaguireO’Hanlon’s LGFA
CarlowStephenDarganCarlow FC
CavanFidelmaSheridanCumman Na mBunscol Co. Cavan & Erne Eagles Rounders Club
ClareClaireCuddihyClare Comets Basketball Club and Ennis Raptors basketball Club
CorkEoinKellyBeech Hill Table Tennis Club
Derry MickyDuddyRing Boxing Club
DonegalDamienDevineDeele Community Anglers
DownArnoldMorganBanbridge Table Tennis Club
Dublin CityHenryGillandersMount Pleasant LTC
Dublin DLRMattHanlonDalkey Devils Volleyball Club
Dublin FingalNualaGarrihyFencing Ireland
Active Dublin South AmandaSpencerJobstown Boxing Club
FermanaghIanRossEnniskillen Rugby Club
GalwayTonyStephensClaregalway GAA Club
KerryLorcanMurphyIveragh Athletics Club
KildareRoyBakerIrish Martial Arts & Kickboxing Ireland
KilkennyAshleyGoddenKilkenny Swimming Club
LaoisJackieByrneMountrath St. Fintan’s GAA
LeitrimMaryMcMorrowManorhamilton Community Tennis Club
LimerickWandaDwaneMungret St Paul’s GAA Club
LongfordBenMcCormackBallymahon Vocational School
LouthFintanCooperGlen Magic Soccer Club
MayoPhelimHalliganClaremorris Ultimate Kickboxing Club
MeathDavidQuinnDunshaughlin Youths Football Club
MonaghanUnaFordeMonaghan Harps GAA
OffalyJohnCorboyBirr Town FC
RoscommonPhilipGordanLough Ree Angling hub
SligoSimonCavanaghGAA Handball
TipperaryPaddyDoyleMoyne Athletic Club
TyroneRachelMcBrideRiding For Disabled Omagh
WaterfordSallyKavanaghWaterford Hockey Club
WestmeathNualaLawlorShoot ‘n Stars Special Olympics
WexfordMartinMoylanDunbrody Archers
WicklowRuthMcDonaghBray Hockey Club

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 individuals being recognised, 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.”