Amina Moustafa, a volunteer across many different sports including football, basketball and swimming, is to be given the overall Outstanding Achievement Award at the Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards to be handed out in an online ceremony next week.

Moustafa has been a powerful advocate of sport amongst women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, and a long time supporter and Board Member of Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI).

She was the programme manager for the Hijabs and Hat Tricks programme and is currently working at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

Máire Allen and Jacqueline McCormack will also receive a Special Recognition Award for their work with Roscommon Special Olympics Club. They have dedicated their time tirelessly over the last number of years and more recently, in the face of the challenging circumstances caused by Covid-19, did everything to ensure the club’s members remained fit and active throughout the various lockdowns.

Pádraic Kearney has been honoured with a posthumous Special Recognition Award for his commitment to Gaelic Games in Adare GAA Club. Kearney was incredibly committed to his community, with his volunteerism going far beyond sport. His untimely passing earlier this year has been felt by everyone in the club, especially the younger members, who Pádraic coached for many years.

Throughout September and October members of the public, sports clubs and governing bodies were invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to sport and physical activity in Ireland has made a real difference to their community, club or county.

Judging

The nominations and award recipients were selected by a judging panel consisting of 12 individuals drawn from sports administration, the volunteer community and media, and included former Director-General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, RTÉ broadcaster, Marie Crowe and CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna.

The Volunteers in Sport Awards celebrate the contributions of the band of volunteers across the country who give their time to Irish sport and physical activity every year.

This equates to approximately 37.3 million hours of volunteering across Ireland’s 13,000 registered sports clubs and associations and, according to Sport Ireland’s 2021 ‘Researching the Value of Sport in Ireland’ report is worth an estimated €1.5bn to the exchequer.

Awards will be handed out across three nights next week to winners from each of the 32 counties of Ireland.

“It is an honour for me to support this year’s Volunteers in Sport Awards and help recognise so many fantastic volunteers in our community,” said Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers.

“These awards have a special place in the sporting calendar as they recognise those who have given an incredible amount of time throughout the year who have ensured that sport can takes place in our communities, and they do so without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”

“The amount of hard work and dedication that these volunteers give to sport in Ireland is truly astonishing and I am privileged to support both the volunteers and these awards. I would also like to thank the Federation of Irish Sport and EBS, and all who will help make these virtual ceremonies a memorable occasion for all.”

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