He has been one of the greatest campaigners you could hope for in the world of disability sport but yesterday it was announced that Pat Flanagan was stepping down from his role as Chair of Cara, the organisation he founded 11 years ago.
As founder, Flanagan worked tirelessly to establish Cara as the designated pan-disability sports organisation that it is today. His vision was for a country where people with disabilities would have equal opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.
His role in establishing Cara, and working with Sport Ireland to develop a national network of Sport Inclusion Disability Officers, has greatly impacted on community participation opportunities for people with disabilities throughout Ireland.
Since 2007 as Director and most recently as Chairperson, Cara has gone from strength to strength, receiving designation from Sport Ireland as a leading partner in Sports Irelands Policy on the participation of Sport by People with Disabilities and most recently has been recognised within the National Sports Policy as a significant partner to support the sport and physical activity sector.
“On behalf of Sport Ireland I would like to thank Pat for his many years of dedicated service to Cara and the disability sport sector,” said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.
“Pat has been one of the leading advocates for increased opportunities and facilities for people with disabilities and leaves behind him an impressive legacy. I would like to wish him all the very best for the future.”
Cara is now embarking on a recruitment process to appointing a new Chair and an announcement is expected to be made in the coming months.
Jon Morgan has been appointed as Interim Chair and brings to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served as CEO of Disability Sport Wales for 15 years.