Community Games volunteers to be rewarded
The HSE Community Games Volunteer Awards for 2015 will take place on Saturday, November 28, in the Mullingar Park Hotel.
The chosen candidates from Wexford are Kathleen Howlett (adult section) and Michelle Carr for the youth section. Both are worthy of these awards.
Kathleen is a long-standing officer of Wexford Community Games and held the position of County Secretary for a number of years as well as that of Vice-President. She has been associated with the Newbawn-Raheen Area and has been involved in Community Games for over 20 years, holding down the position of Chairperson.
Indeed, she has been through 'thick and thin' and has put her Area and county on the Community Games map of achievements. Her biggest passion and love was for the bat and ball in rounders.
She was involved in training boys and girls for years in her Area and so many of the teams that made it from Area to county, provincial to national for Wexford owe their success to Kathleen.
For a long period of time the white and red jerseys of Newbawn-Raheen saw off many rivals to take home a plethora of medals at Mosney. She not only trained but also refereed games at all levels of the Games.
She has a wealth of knowledge and is always on the other end of the phone in times of crisis. Her knowledge of her own Area and maps proved to be vital and so much appreciated on many occasions.
She was also involved in promoting dance, drama etc. and brought the events to her Area which grew stronger over the years. She is indeed a great person and her belief - 'it is always about the children and fair play - is very evident.
Michelle Carr is a stalwart with the Castlebridge-Crossabeg Area. Although only in her early twenties, she has been around in Community Games since she started competing in gymnastics at Under-8.
She made tremendous progress in the gymnastic events and along with her team-mates they won five gold medals in a row at the national finals in Mosney.
She also competed in team events and athletics and was always on hand with her parents to help out with the paperwork or to record at events.
As she grew older she advanced to the role of a coach in gymnastics and team events and helped out at county and national level with gymnastics.
She was a coach along with Adrian, her dad, and many a team of boys and girls from the Area progressed from county to provincial to national finals in soccer (indoor and outdoor) and futsal, with much success.
She has been an active member of her Area committee for the past seven-eight years and is the current Secretary. She also assists at county events such as art and handwriting, athletics, gymnastics etc.
She has also helped as the Facebook facilitator and this year has taken on the role of County Youth Officer, and hopefully she can encourage more young people to come on board.
Along with mum Mary, she has undertaken many courses in childcare and is a current Children's Officer. Michelle has always been willing to help out in any role for county, provincial and national.
A great all-rounder, she is an outstanding asset to her Area and county. We wish her well in her new role and indeed say well done to both herself and Kathleen.
This year Bree-Davidstown will represent the county at the Area awards in Mullingar. The Area came out on top, having been involved in team and individual events, and also taking on the arduous task of hosting the county athletic events in Bree in June.
Close on their heels was last year's winners, Castlebridge-Crossabeg. The Area representing the county in the 'small Area' award is Rathgarogue-Cushinstown. We wish all travelling a most enjoyable evening.
The new county officer board are busy getting the 2016 season's activities organised and updating the Area maps.
As soon as plans are in motion, Areas will be kept informed. Let's all work together to help make the 2016 season the best to date.