Volunteer in Sport Award Nominations 2023 Now Live

Olympian David Gillick, with Mary O'Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Irish Sport and Graham Russell, Head of Sport at Louth Sports Partnership at the launch of the Volunteers in Sport Awards at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin.

Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The Federation of Irish Sport, supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships, launched the 2023 Volunteers in Sports Awards. These awards provide an opportunity to shine a light on the unsung heroes within Irish sport.  

Cycling Ireland encourage all members to get involved and to nominate those who have and continue to make a difference throughout the cycling community and beyond.  

Last year, Clara Clark, founder of Cycling Without Age Ireland, was awarded the local winner for the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership area in Dublin.  


Founded in Copenhagen in 2012, Cycling Without Age is a global initiative that offers older people and those with mobility issues the chance to experience the fun and freedom of cycling as a sustainable means of transport and activity.  

The initiative runs ‘chapters’ of local trained pilots of trishaws in over 39 countries worldwide, with over 3,000 chapter locations.  

Clara founded the Irish chapter of the initiative in March 2017, working with care homes, local authorities, and sponsors to establish a network of trishaws. With over 40 chapters around Ireland, Clara has trained hundreds of volunteer pilots how to safely use their trishaws in their chapters, helping to benefit communities across the country.  

The 2023 awards will culminate in an in-person awards ceremony on Thursday 29th February 2024. Nominations opened on November 13th and will close on December 20th. Click here to make your nomination. 

Speaking about the nominations, Cycling Ireland Interim Participation Manager Paul Norton said:

“Every club in the country has that one person who goes the extra mile, week in, week out, for the love of the sport and for the good of their community. I’d encourage all our clubs to nominate that volunteer for this award to show your appreciation for their dedication and commitment.”

The nominations received will be shortlisted and thoughtfully considered by the judging panel. A total of 32 county awards will be presented, and one leading volunteer will be crowned with the coveted Outstanding Volunteer Award. 

Under the banner of #DedicatedToTheDedicated, these awards are more than just a ceremony; they are a celebration of the remarkable individuals who dedicate their time and energy into sports across Ireland. 

Click here for more information and to submit your nominations.