The Federation of Irish Sport recently launched the 2023 Volunteers in Sports Awards, the annual highly anticipated event that recognises the unsung heroes who breathe life into sports across the nation. Volunteers are the backbone of our sports community; without their selfless contributions of time, energy, and passion, we simply could not do what we do. That is why we urge you to nominate an individual you believe is deserving of recognition.

Nominations for the awards are now open until Monday 18th December, and you can submit your entries at the dedicated website, Under the banner of #DedicatedToTheDedicated, these awards are more than just a ceremony; they are a celebration of the remarkable individuals who pour their hearts into sports in every county across Ireland.

The Awards will culminate in a in-person awards ceremony, set to take place on Thursday 29th February 2024, seeing volunteers from 32 counties presented with awards, with one exceptional individual awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Volunteers within Irish Aquatics and all sports are the lifeblood of everything we do within clubs and communities nationwide. They generously invest their time, energy, and passion, dedicating themselves to the development of their chosen sport. It is stated that over 450,000 dedicated volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to fuel club activities, with their collective efforts translating into an estimated economic value of €1.5 billion.

Speaking at the launch Federation CEO Mary O’Connor said,

“The Federation of Irish Sport is once again delighted to host these awards with the support of the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. The awards recognise dedicated club members and celebrate the impact they’re having not just to their sports club but to the wider community. Recognising our volunteers in sport is hugely important and acknowledging them in this way serves as an important reminder of the significant economic and social value of volunteering in Ireland. We want to ensure that volunteers in sport know their dedication doesn’t go unnoticed and inspire more volunteers in sport.”

For more information and to submit your nominations, please visit

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