Tracey Kennedy, Cork GAA
At the end of 2017 Tracey Kennedy was elected unopposed to become the first ever female chair of the Cork County Board.
It has been a year to remember with the opening up of Pairc Uí Chaoimh, back to back Munster Hurling Championships for only the second time in 30 years, and a little local difficulty around the Liam Miller commemoration.
As a Vice Principal of Carrigaline Community School with over 1,000 pupils to look after Kennedy will be well used to celebrating wins and learning from setbacks.
She overcame cervical cancer in 2015, after the discovery of the disease in a routine smear test. The subsequent scandals over the same tests will doubtless have been of special importance to her.
But she has come through and having served for twenty years as a committee member, club, regional and then County PRO and Vice Chair she is as well, if not better versed in the politics and the practicalities of the Association than any of her fellow chairs around the country.
And when her term of office is up in Cork there is every hope and belief that she will go on to higher office again.
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