Kitty England honoured with Volunteer in Sport award

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Kitty England honoured with Volunteer in Sport award thumbnailKitty England Roscrea receiving a Volunteer in Sport Award from Mary Dorgan, Sport Ireland along with Valerie Connolly, Tipperary Sports Partnership, sponsors of the Volunteer Section of the Awards. MT50735JOC

A WONDERFUL evening of hospitality, talent, entertainment and good food was enjoyed by all those present at the annual Canon Hayes Sports Awards Banquet held in Ballykisteen Hotel on Saturday night.
 Well done to Kitty England, Roscrea, who was  among the nominees honoured for the Volunteer in Sport Award sponsored by Tipperary Sports Partnership. Kitty was accompanied by family members and various members of Co. Tipperary Community Games committee were present to lend their support including President Breda Christie, Asst Treasurer Eleanor McCahill, Asst Treasurer, PRO, Sandra O'Dwyer, Asst Sec., Peggy Colville. There were also several  former games competitors present in other roles and parents of former competitors including Martin O'Loughlin, team manager of Cycle Ireland.  His son Michael O'Loughlin, now a professional cyclist with several major titles under his belt, gave us numerous hours of enjoyment watching in action winning gold medals in AIT. There were many trips down memory lane during the evening.
 Winner of the local award Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe, Tipperary Town, Ireland Women's Sevens Rugby player of the year 2017 and top try scorer for Ireland on the World Series, paid tribute to Breeda Christie, stating that her skills were due to Breda's training when she was a member of Tipperary Athletic Club.
 Sean Tobin, Clonmel, winner of the County award is Ireland's youngest ever sub four minute miler. Sean who represented Ireland in the European Cross Country on Sunday, was also a former competitor and youth member along with his siblings Anthony and Laura.
Several of Tipperary Ladies Intermediate Football Team, winners of the Team County Award, also tasted success with Community Games. Indeed most of those involved used Community Games as a stepping stone to future success. Congratulations to Martin Quinn on doing a super job as MC and for his hard work organising this prestigious event now in its 22nd year.  Well done to all.
Important News From Munster And County
The Munster AGM  took place in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown. Delegates were informed of the confirmed changes to the National Programme. The Team Changes are in the Confirmed Winter/Summer Games Lists (there are many changes so please take note).
The following individual events are also confirmed for the May National Finals Weekend: Debating, Swimming, Cross Country, Marathon, Duathlon, Gymnastics, All Talent Competitions, Art, Model Making & Handwriting.
August National Finals Weekend: Athletics, Cycling, Judo.
Because of all the changes competitions will be coming thick and fast after Christmas. We hope to have most dates for events at the County Meeting on January 17.
Munster & National Dates
Munster Finals (Winter Games) : Saturday March 31, 2018 - (Summer Games): Saturday July 7, 2018 in UL Limerick.
National Finals (Winter Games): May 26 and 27, 2018, (Summer Games): August 18 and 19 in UL Limerick.
Munster Charges Change
At previous Munster Finals everyone paid €5 to gain entry to the UL, but starting this year because it's an open University, UL are not allowing Munster Community Games to collect on the gate any longer so there will be a charge of €5 from each participant, no entry charge to the Munster Finals for parents, coaches etc. The payment has to be collected from the Areas by County and sent to the Munster Treasurer.
County Events Dates For Diary
January 10, 2018, Closing date for entry forms for Winter Games - Team Events.
January 15, 2018, Closing Date for Area Affiliation.
January 17, 2018, County Board Meeting/Draws for Winter Team Events.
February 9, 2018, County Finals of the Community Games U-14 Table Quiz: Presentation School, Thurles at 8pm. (More details later).
February 18, 2018, Swimming County Finals, Thurles Swimming Pool, (More details later)
 Winter Team Games Programme 2018 - All competitors must be under age specified on July 31, 2018.
Indoor Soccer. U-10 Boys and U-10 Girls, U-13 Boys and U-13 Girls (U-10 teams to consist of children aged over 8, panel of 8 -  5 players and 3 Subs and U-13 Teams over 10).
Basketball U-11 Mixed, Panel of 10 - 5 boys and 5 girls over nine years old.
U-13 Boys and U-13 Girls - separate teams. Over 10 years old.
U-16 Boys and U-16 Girls -  separate teams. over 13 years old
Table Tennis - Panel of 5, 3 players and 2 subs. U-13 Boys and U-13 Girls over 10 years old. U-16 Boys & U-16 Girls over 13 years old.
Mini Rugby U-11 Boys only. Panel of 12, 8 players and 4 subs. Over 9 years old.
Chess U-13 - Over 10 Mixed  Panel of 5 - 3 players and 2 subs can be all boys all girls or mixed. Chess U-16 - Over 13, same as panel as above.
Draughts U-10 - Over 8. Panel of 7, 5 players and 2 Subs (can be all boys, all girls or mixed). Draughts U-12 - Over 10. Draughts, U-14 - Over 12  Draughts U-16, over 14, must have at least two of each gender on U-16 team.
Table Quiz U-14. Panel of 6 - 4 players and 2 subs. Can be all boys, all girls or mixed.
Handball Panel of 6 - 4 players and 2 subs. Boys Team U-13, girls Team U-13, over 9. U-16 Boys Team and U-16 Girls team must be over 13.
Projects U11 Mixed, U-13 Mixed, U-16 Mixed. Panel of four may be all boys, all girls or mixed.
An Area can enter one team in each event. Entries to be with Joan Hogan by January 10, 2018 for draw on January 17, 2018. Price per entered team is €8. Any outstanding money has to be paid before entries will be accepted.
The Table Quiz is different, an Area can enter as many teams as they like and entries are on the night.
Fethard & Killusty Community Games will hold their AGM in the Tirry Centre on this Thursday night, December 14 at 8pm. We make a special appeal to parents to please attend for a "Chat" and learn of the opportunities available for their children. Short meeting guaranteed. 


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