The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the County recipients of the 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards proudly supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. The County Kilkenny award for 2023 has been awarded to Ashley Godden of Kilkenny Swimming Club.
Recognising the depth and breadth of volunteering in sporting communities nationwide, 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.
The recipient of the award for Co. Kilkenny is Ashley Godden, Kilkenny Swimming Club. Ashley has been a valued member of Kilkenny Swimming Club for 15 years. In his current role as club treasurer, he brings professionalism and expertise. Alongside an impressive contribution with the Leinster Regional Committee, at national level, Ashley is a familiar voice poolside and is always happy to manage medal ceremonies. When officiating at regional and national events, his voice as the announcer is reassuring to the Irish swimming community. Ashley is always available to advise and mentor and is happy to give direction or a listening ear.
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 award winners being recognised at the ceremony, 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.”
Commenting on the announcement of the list of recipients, Head of Sport, Louth LSP, Louth County Council and member of the judging panel Graham Russell stated, “The 2023 Volunteers in Sport Awards serve as a reminder of the power of volunteering in sport, celebrating individuals whose unwavering dedication enriches lives, strengthens communities, and encourages a culture of active living.”
All the staff at KRSP would like to congratulate Ashley on his well deserved award and we look forward joining him at the awards ceremony which will take place on the 29th of February in Dublin.
See below for full list of County Award winners.
For more information, please visit www.volunteersinsport.ie