Thanks so much to Miss Universe Ireland Joanna Cooper for sharing her experience of Community Games with us. Joannna still has her Gold Medal from Community Games and keeps it in a very safe place. She is proof that with Community Games there are Endless Possibilities!
"I was first introduced to Community Games through my aunt Janice, who is now Honorary Treasurer of Community Games. She had encouraged me to get involved from a young age.
Community Games helped me immensely in terms of confidence, it's a daunting experience being 9 years old and spending a weekend with children you've never met, but after the first weekend it left me with a love of meeting new people and I returned every year.
The Community Games experience gave me the confidence to try new things, even if I was really really bad at them (I have tried everything from high jump to ball throw, very unsuccessfully) but the main aim of the weekends were always to have fun.
Areas are easily set up when a group of people with interest in CG come together and with the aid of a member of the County Executive set up a small committee to perform tasks such as organising games and various competitions for children within their designated area.
Being an active member in my community has enabled me to now try and give back to CG what I gained from it in the first place. Because of my own experience with CG I love the fact that I am now in a position to encourage young people to get involved and can give them first hand knowledge on what it was like both as a competitor and then as a volunteer.
My own experience with Community Games has been super - from the excitement of travelling as a 9 year old to Mosney, sharing the "wonderful" chalets with a group of girls I didn't know but who are still now my very close friends to working in Athlone as a volunteer, directing traffic........me directing traffic.......;-)
Community Games epitomises all that is great about the young people in Ireland, they come together, work together and play together in a totally carefree environment creating friendships that last lifetimes. My hope for Community Games is that every single child in Ireland is afforded the chance to participate in Community Games at some level, whether it be the excitement of the Area/County Finals or the actual National Festival, all children should experience a little of what Community Games has to offer!"
AGM – Tower Hotel Waterford - 4th and 5th March 2016
The bus station is a 10/15 minute walk. It is located about half way up the Quay from the hotel overlooking the river. Please see here for a timetable
The train station is a 15/20 minute walk along the quay. Please see here for a timetable
We have permits for the public car park called Bolton Street Carpark, it’s situated beside the hotel. On arrival at the hotel if the hotel car park is full come to our registration check- in desk and we will issue you with a permit for the public car park.
Peter Mark located at City Square Shopping Centre (5 minutes walk from the hotel) -Tel. 051 853460
Lloyds Walk in Salon, 45 Patrick Street Waterford - Tel. 051 878 964
Treatment Rooms in Hotel:
Hotel has Treatment room’s onsite at the hotel for anyone looking for beautician services. Renu may be contacted via the hotel switchboard on 051 862300 and the opening times are as follows:
For a full list of restaurants in Waterford - please download this guide
Sunday Mass Times
8.30am Ballybricken, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s
9.00am St John’s, St Savior’s
9.30am Holy Family, St. Joseph & Benildus
10.00am Sacred Heart
10.30am Ballybricken, St Paul’s, St Patrick’s
11.00am Dominican, Holy Family, Ballygunner, St Savior’s
11.15am Sacred Heart, St Joseph & Benildus
12.00 noon Cathedral, St John’s
12.30pm Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St Joesph & Benildus
Congratulations to James Durkan, from Meath Community Games, who has been selected to participate in the Youth on the MOVE programme 2016.
Youth on the MOVE (YOTM) is part of the NowWeMove Campaign, organised by the International Sporting and Cultural Association (ISCA). ISCA recognised and identified the need for more training for youth in the field of sport and events, and designed the YOTM project to help meet this need. The participants will learn how to organise events, projects and other initiatives in their local community, and how to generate awareness of the importance of physical activity/sports in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They will also help to deliver and organise physical activity events during MOVE week and other events associated with the NowWeMove campaign. YOTM and the NowWeMove campaign embraces the concept of Sport for All.
James is a second year student studying Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin. He is heavily interested and involved in GAA with his local club of Boardsmill. He is an advocate for physical activity.
James has been volunteering with both local (Boardsmill) and County Community Games for about five years now. He first got involved with the County when acting as a runner at the annual County Athletics day in Cushinstown a few years ago.
Ever since, he has been volunteering at various events and even refereeing a few football matches along the way when needed. At the end of 2014 he was elected Youth Officer of Meath Community Games and have been working in that role since, pulling friends in from college to increase the youth presence on certain events. James says “Last year was my first year volunteering at the National Festival in Athlone, where I co-ordinated the Gaelic Football competitions and will be definitely returning this year.”
If you are a parent with more than one child and one or more of them are doing some sort of Community Games activity, then you might like these ideas that we've gathered to help keep younger children occupied while their brothers and sisters are off in search of a Community Games medal!
Demonstrate your abilities and learn what you need to develop at Triathlon Ireland's Talent Identification Day. National Team coaches in Paratriathlon will be on site to assess developing athletes of all ages and current skill.
Dublin 1, February 7th 2016. This free event will introduce individuals with physical and visual impairments, including youth and adults to the sport of Paratriathlon.
Prospective athletes will be tested on the three disciplines of triathlon, through a variety of sport drills that can help determine their aptitude for Paratriathlon and identify potential future Irish Paralympic athletes.
Please click here for registration
For more information please contact Jessica Taylor, Jessica@triathlonireland.com
The Canadian World Pole Vault Champion, Shawn Barber, has confirmed his attendance at the third annual AIT International Grand Prix. The year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th of February with doors opening at 6pm.
Another major medalist who has confirmed their intention to compete in AIT is Melissa Bishop, the 800m athlete. Bishop is the current outdoor world championship silver medalist with a PB of 1:57:52.
Barber & Bishop will be joined by 2012 European 200m Champion Churandy Martina (Ned) who will compete in the 60m. His PB in this event is 6.58 seconds which is two hundredths of a second faster than the stadium record set by Winston Barnes (Jam) last year.
German Gese Krause will be back again to try and break the stadium record (4.12.46) she set last year in the women’s 1500m. Krause is the current world championship bronze medalist in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Other big names are expected to confirm in the coming weeks for what is building up to be another star-studded evening in the midlands venue. The 2015 event was the greatest indoor athletics event ever hosted in Ireland. Seven stadium records were broken, multiple all-comers record’s fell, Mutaz Essa Barshim made three attempts at the world indoor high jump record while breaking his own Asian record, and Ben Blankenship ran the first ever sub four minute mile indoors in Ireland.
AIT president, Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “We have a really top field of athletes lined up again for the grand prix next month. In fact, the fields this year will be filled with a deeper level of talent than we have ever had. We are very excited about the event as are many Athletics fans in Ireland. Ticket prices are very competitive again this year. There are not many events in the world where you will witness such top class sportspeople at such prices”.
Tickets for the AIT International Arena Grand Prix can be purchased online here priced at €20 and €10.
Special Group Rate for 10 or more individuals - €15 (Contact email@example.com (090) 648 3018)
Foster the Future Coaching Conference
National Governing Bodies for Sport, Triathlon Ireland, Swim Ireland and Cycling Ireland have joined forces to promote best practice in junior coaching and keeping young athletes engaged in sport.
Together the three Governing Bodies will be hosting the Foster the Future Junior Coaching Conference in University College Dublin on the 27th of February 2016.
The conference theme centres around coaching juniors at a participation level and includes topics such as positive coaching, nutrition, strength & conditioning and mental health with topics specific to swimming, cycling, running and triathlon.
The conference is a full day with a selection of key note speakers and breakout sessions and is open to all.
The day will also provide an invaluable opportunity to meet with like minded coaches from other clubs and organisations.
For more information and registration visit www.fosterthefuture.squarespace.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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The first round of evaluations for the Steps to Health were completed in October. Congratulations to all the Areas who made submissions, especially to those who achieved one of the quality standards. The following Areas have been awarded a ‘Steps to Health’ quality standard:
If your Area wants to get involved please click on Steps to Health or email Caitríona at email@example.com or phone 086 7953564.
The Regional Development Officer (RDO) will be based initially in Dublin with responsibility for Counties Dublin, Louth and Wicklow.
The RDO’s role is to increase participation numbers of young people to experience a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Through recruiting, training, supporting and encouraging volunteers the RDO will increase the number of participants and of local volunteers. The RDO will support and strengthen committee structures in Areas and Counties.
We are looking for a committed enthusiastic individual with the capacity to work with, influence and motivate a range of volunteers, partners and agencies.
The RDO will have excellent communication, organization, presentation and negotiation skills. In addition the RDO will have a good overall education, relevant experience and a good understanding of sporting and cultural activities. The ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as within a team is also a key requirement.
Support local Area and County committees with strengthening operational structures, implementing funding programmes, recruiting and training of current and new volunteers and ensuring each Area and County is a viable and sustainable entity.
· A third Level Qualification is desirable but not essential
Applications addressed to John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, 20 Inish Carraig House, Golden Island, Athlone, Co. Westmeath or firstname.lastname@example.org must be received by Friday, January 15th 2016.
Community Games revealed its new logo on 28th November 2015 at the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in Mullingar Park Hotel. To find out more and to download the logo in high quality, please click here.
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