It’s that time of the year again when we honour our top sporting talent as the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Awards.
Members of the public along with representatives of clubs and sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards in the categories of Local Award (Tipperary Town & West Tipperary area), County Award (Tipperary County), National Award and Outstanding Achievement Award (National/International). All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months.
A brief resume of the nominees sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to: Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive on or before Thursday October 31st. All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced in November. The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories.
Along with the main category Awards there is also a special Volunteer in Sport Award, which is sponsored by the South Tipperary Sports Partnership. The object of this award is to honour an individual who is representative of the body of volunteers that contribute their time and effort, through the structure of sports clubs and organisations, to sport in South Tipperary.
Nomination forms are now available from the South Tipperary Sports Partnership, Civic Offices, Cashel. Telephone enquiries for Volunteer Award to: 062-64737. The closing date for receipt of nominations is also Thursday October 31st. The Canon Hayes Awards will be presented at a Gala Black Tie Banquet at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on Saturday November 30th, 2013.
Previous winners of the awards, include the Irish 2012 Olympic Boxing Team, who were honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of their success in winning one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the London Olympics. Last year’s County Award recipients also included the Tipperary Handballers, Hurler Bill Maher and Golfer Pat Murray.