Kathleen, Michelle feted for fine work
Newly-elected Chairperson Michelle Byrne presided at the first meeting of Wexford Community Games in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.
Most of the affiliated Areas had a delegate present which was refreshing to see. The main emphasis was on sorting out the boundaries of each Area.
Adrian Carr and his team of helpers have been very busy for some time checking out overlapping Areas and trying to resolve the differences.
Thanks to all the delegates who attended and gave assistance to the committee.
To date 14 Areas have affiliated with the possibility of adding a couple more to that tally. Any Area wishing to have the development committee attend a local meeting to help out should contact the county Secretary, Sinéad O'Leary.
There are only a few more weeks left for an Area to affiliate for 2016, and after the closing date no Area can be involved in the county events.
The tracksuits are all being sorted out and repairs will be carried out in time for the national finals.
Presentations were made to Michelle Carr and Kathleen Howlett who were chosen as the youth and adult volunteers for the season just gone by. A presentation was also made to the Rathgarogue-Cushinstown Area who were chosen as the most successful 'small Area' winners.
Kathleen Howlett 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.
Kathleen 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, and provincial to national, for Wexford owe their success to Kathleen.
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 motto - '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.
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 set up and is a Facebook facilitator and this year has taken on the role of County Youth Officer. Hopefully she can encourage more youth to come on board. Along with her 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.
The calendar of events for the year was discussed by the Games Director, Jason Moran. Areas are being encouraged to get their children involved. Please note that two teams per Area can be entered in the team events.
The next event taking place will be the art and handwriting competitions which will be held in Castlebridge national school on Saturday, March 12. The closing date for receipt of entries is March 8.
In the art competition, all competitors must paint or draw a Community Games activity. For those who will win the gold medal and who will head off to the national finals the following rules will apply: the Under-8 and Under-10 competitors can draw or paint any Community Games activity of their choice.
Those competing in the Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 events must choose from one of the following: debating, pitch and putt, long puck, spikeball, rugby, discus, table quiz, high jump, group music or model-making.
For those competing in the handwriting competition in Castlebridge, the paper and pencils will be supplied by the organisers. No erasers will be used.
The handball finals will take place on March 25 and the indoor soccer has been fixed for April 3. The closing date for the handball entries is March 12 and for the soccer the closing date is March 13.
The county swimming finals will take place in Enniscorthy on March 22 and the closing date for receipt of entries is March 8.
All the stage events (drama, recitation, music, singing, etc.) will be held in Bree Hall on May 20, and the county athletic finals will take place at The Hub in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 12.
The Leinster semi-finals and finals will take place in Carlow, making it easy for Wexford teams to travel.
Wexford teams will play the Carlow winners in the first rounds which will take place from Thursday, May 26, to Monday, June 6.
The winners will then be at home to Kilkenny teams and these games are to be played between Thursday, June 9, and Monday, June 20.
The semi-finals and finals take place on Saturday, July 2. These dates will not be changed.
Saturday, March 12: county art and handwriting competitions in Castlebridge national school. All Areas will be notified of times nearer to the date. Closing date for receipt of entries to the county Secretary is March 8.
Tuesday, March 22: county swimming finals in Enniscorthy swimming pool. Closing date is March 8.
Friday, March 25: county one-wall handball finals in Ballymitty. Closing date is March 12.