24th February 2014
Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 launched by Minister Ring
Minister Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism today launched the Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 at the Aviva Stadium. An initiative of
the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland, the Volunteers in Sport Awards are run to honour the work of volunteers in Irish sport. The Minister was joined at today’s launch by John Treacy, CEO, Irish Sports Council, Olympic Gold Medallist Ronnie Delany, Fiona Coghlan, Captain, Irish Women’s Rugby team, Stephanie Roche, Peamount Utd and Republic of Ireland Women’s Football Team, Keith Fahey, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Republic of Ireland and Irish Olympic Boxer Darren O’Neill.
Minister Michael Ring TD “The work of volunteers is the foundation on which sport in Ireland is built – without volunteers there would be no sport in Ireland.”
The first awards were presented in 2007 and are designed to recognise the contribution, commitment and dedication of the 500,000 volunteers who give so generously of their time to sport every year. Sport remains the single biggest driver of voluntary activity in Ireland.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. Full details of the scheme and how to enter can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.com
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 25th April 2014. The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in early Autumn.
Access to the new rules from the IJF is readily available here
IJF New Rules 2013-2016
The Refereeing Commission has issued a number of articles on updates & courses since January 2013 with more to follow during the year.
The Calendar of Events for 2014 has been issued for January - December 2014 - as events come to light, additional information will be updated as received.
Calendar of Event 2014 - 12th February
Irish Judo throws its full support behind the ‘Opt for Life’ campaign.
The Irish Judo Association, have agreed to back the Opt for Life campaign in every way it can. Sean Fleming, the Honorary General Secretary of the sport says ‘The Association is honoured to be associated with the Opt for Life campaign. It is our intention to be actively involved in promoting the message of the importance of organ donation after death and the soft opt-out law that is being proposed which is based on family consent. We will be pro-active in the promotion of the Opt for Life campaign by having the charity logo on the gear of our international players and we will commit to a campaign of awareness and education of our members and supporters through our social media sites and website.
Pictured are judo players Eoin Fleming and Caoimhin Thompson with Opt for Life campaigner Shane Finnegan.