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National Inclusion Awards

Cork Win Best County at National Inclusion Awards

 

Cork return with five winners from CARA Centre National Inclusion Awards 2017. The National Inclusion Awards were held recently at Crown Plaza, Blanchardstown, Dublin with over 250 people in attendance. This years awards were held in conjunction with the National Seminar For Inclusion. The CARA Centre promote sport & physical activity opportunities for people with a disability in Ireland.

 

 

Disability Sports Club Of The Year 2017 , Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Club Orla O'Brien & Dermot Hurley accepting the award.

      

Disability Sports Club Of The Year 2017 , Rebel Wheelers Multi Sports Club, Orla O'Brien, Dermot Hurley & Teresa Dineen with their award at a reception hosted by Cork Sports Partnership also in photo Ted Owens (CSP Chairperson) & Pádraig Healy (CSP).

Speaking at a reception hosted by Cork Sports Partnership at City Hall on Tuesday December 12th Pádraig Healy Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership said “We were delighted to have 6 groups short listed across 10 categories from Cork for this year’s awards. Returning to Cork with five award winners is an incredible achievement and testament to the volume of work been done by clubs, schools, services and volunteers who work together to increase physical activity opportunities for people with a disability throughout the Cork city and county.

He Continued “Cork winners at this year’s National Inclusion Awards included Best Disability Sports Club - Rebel Wheelers Multi Sport Club, Education - Shanbally National School, Volunteer of the Year - Hilary Doonan (Vision Impaired Walking Group & Special Olympics Badminton), People Make Places Award - Terence McSweeney (Cope Foundation), Best County Award – Cork (accepted by Cork Sports Partnership)”.

       

 Volunteer Of The Year Hilary Doonon accepting her award at the National Inclusion Awards.

 

Volunteer Of The Year Hilary Doonon with her award at a reception hosted by Cork Sports Partnership, also included Deputy Lord Mayor Fergal Dennehy, Pádraig Healy (CSP), Ted Owens (CSP Chairperson)

In attendance at the reception in City Hall were representatives from all five National Inclusion Award winners, Deputy Lord Mayor Fergal Dennehy, members of the Cork Sports Partnership board and partners.     

Ted Owens Chairperson of Cork Sports Partnership board addressed the audience “To have five national award winners from Cork is a testament to the huge amount of work been done by Cork Sports Partnership and all the community organisations who provide opportunities for people of all abilities”.

 

 Education Award Winners - Shanbally National School accepting their award at the National Inclusion Awards       

 

Education Award Winners - Shanbally National School at a reception hosted by Cork Sports Partnership at Cork City Hall. Also included pictured are Ted Owens (CSP Chairman) & Pádraig Healy (CSP) 

Winner of the People Make Places Award and Cork Sports Partnership Board member Terence McSweeney, Physical Activity & Sport Manager with Cope Foundation said “Cope Foundation has always recognised how essential physical activity and sports are to the health and well-being of the people it supports; Since the 1970’s, Cope Foundation has a department wholly dedicated to support people with intellectual disabilities to engage in physical activity and sports. We strive to do this in an environment which is inclusive and respectful and where social justice has the highest priority. Cork has a wonderful physical activity and sports community; one which is welcoming, friendly, warm, inclusive and one with which Cope Foundation collaborates every day in order to enhance the quality of life of people we support”.

Terence McSweeny (Cope Foundation) winner of People Make Places Award, pictured with Ted Owens (Cork Sport Partnership Chairperson), Pádraig Healy (Cork Sports Partnesip).   

He continued to say “this year’s success by Cope Foundation and other Cork winners at the National Sports Inclusion Awards has reinforced and strengthened our commitment and motivation to work even harder to enhance our working partnerships with local community clubs, groups and organisations. We have always wanted Cork to be the All Ireland Champions of Sports Inclusion; to have achieved it in 2017 is wonderful and now we are all intent on retaining the title and can only do so if every sporting organisation is reflective about its “equality culture” and takes positive actions to remedy any deficits uncovered.”  

                                                        

Pádraig Healy accepting the Best County Award from John Treacy (CEO Sport Ireland), Pat Flanigan (Director CARA Centre)

Members of Cork Sports Partnership Board & Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Best County Award. 

 

Five Cork Award winners from National Inclusion Awards 2017. (L-R) Terence McSweeney (People Make Places Award), Una Cunningham (Shanbally NS), Hilary Doonan (Volunteer of the Year), Orla O'Brien (Disability Sports Club of the Year - Rebel Wheelers), Pádraig Healy (Best County Award).     

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