The Camogie Association and sponsors Liberty Insurance have announced the first-ever Camogie All Stars Tour which will take place this year involving a challenge match between the 2016 and 2017 All-Star Winners in the Spanish Capital of Madrid.
The Tour has long been a regular feature of the men’s All-Star Awards, now sponsored by PwC, and is seen as an opportunity to reward players for their commitment to the game as well as to spread the game to new audiences around the world.
All-Ireland champions Cork and finalists Kilkenny lead the Camogie All-Stars 2017 shortlist which has also been revealed. They have eleven and nine nominations respectively for the Awards which will be announced at the 14th annual Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Awards banquet at Citywest Hotel on Saturday, November 4th.
Dublin and Galway who both made it to the Semi-Final stage with their games broadcast live on RTÉ were rewarded with seven and six nominations each.
“The Camogie All-Stars Awards celebrate the outstanding performances of our players all of whom have helped to light up our summer not only in their own counties but across Camogie in general,” said Camogie Association President Catherine Neary.
“To receive a nomination for an All-Stars Award highlights the skill, commitment, athleticism and sportsmanship of our players and it is important to acknowledge at a national level their contribution to our game and to provide them with the recognition they so richly deserve.”
“The tour that we’re announcing today builds on our continued commitment to the promotion of women in sport and rewards the 2016 & 2017 All-Stars, each of whom are role models in their communities, for their dedication, skill and commitment,” added Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance for whom 2017 was the fifth year of their Camogie All Ireland sponsorship.
“The trip to Spain is deserved recognition for the country’s finest athletes and provides an opportunity to showcase the game to new audiences in Europe.”
“We’d also like to congratulate each of the shortlisted players and managers, it’s been another very exciting Championship and a memorable season of Camogie. The All-Stars Awards are one of the highlights of the sporting and social calendars and we’d like to wish everyone the best of luck on November 4th.”
Paudie Murray (Cork), John Davis (Meath) and Johnny Greville (Westmeath) are amongst the nominees for Manager of the Year, which will be announced on the night along with the 2017 All-Stars team.
The Camogie Association and Liberty Insurance are among the more than 230 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.
Join us for our 3rd Annual Women in Sport Conference taking place at UCD on November 30th where we will be exploring a range of issues relevant to this area with some very special guests.
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