Sports Persons of the Year Award
This year, Water Safety Ireland is recognising those volunteers who have made significant contributions to lifesaving sport in Ireland. It takes an army of enthusiastic volunteers to coach, chaperone, organise, and host competitions and training nationwide. Thanks to their selfless dedication, Lifesaving Sport participation levels is at an all-time high and their dedication is also reflected in the number of title-winning performances at national and international competitions.
This year, we recognise the efforts of two people who to this day remain pillars of lifesaving sport volunteerism. Together, they were founding members of what is now called the Sports Commission which has developed the traditional lifesaving competitions in line with international best practice. These two individuals have been the backbone of many Irish teams that have now gone on to become an established force to be reckoned with at international lifesaving competitions.