Roy rewarded for his inspiring feats
Published 24/11/2015 | 00:00
The word 'inspiration' is used far too loosely in a sporting context, but every now and again somebody comes along who well and truly fits that bill.
And there was a shining example in St. Patrick's Park on Sunday after the Wexford People Minor hurling Roinn 2 championship final when a surprise presentation was made to St. Anne's right half-forward Roy Nunn to mark his special achievements by fellow clubman and Coiste na nOg officer, Noel O'Keeffe.
Readers who haven't seen Roy's team in action may be unaware of the fact that he is one of the most talented young hurlers and footballers in the Wexford District, despite the fact that he doesn't have a right hand.
I have often watched matches alongside people who didn't actually realise until it was pointed out to them, and that in itself is a tribute to Roy and his outstanding natural talent.
Not alone is he a key member of the St. Anne's team, but he is also the main free-taker and finished as their top scorer on Sunday with four points from placed balls.
His unique style of lifting the sliothar has been perfected over many years, and his powerful striking kept the umpires busy on an otherwise disappointing day for the St. Anne's club.
And while Roy isn't one to seek the limelight, he was thrust into it unawares for a few minutes after Sunday's game thanks to a very thoughtful gesture by Coiste na nOg which went down a treat with followers from both clubs.
Roy's performance had earned praise beforehand from Craanford captain William Conroy in the course of his acceptance speech, and no doubt there will be many more big matches to come for the teenage attacker.
This was the last of the 42 Coiste na nOg finals from Under-14 up to Minor for the year, and the overall total comes to 67 if the various shield deciders for the Under-12 Go Games are also included.
Quite apart from the finalists in those games, many hundreds of players have proudly donned their club jerseys since the start of the season, all for the honour and glory of their parish.
And it was entirely fitting that the very last presentation of a long season should be made to a young man who stands tall as the ideal role model for each and every one of his fellow hurlers and footballers on the Coiste na nOg scene.
If anyone is seeking inspiration in a sporting context, forget about the big-name professionals for a moment and think about what Roy Nunn has achieved through sheer dogged persistence and a refusal to give in.
He richly deserved his moment in the limelight on Sunday, and the Coiste na nOg year couldn't have ended on a nicer note.