Monday, January 11, 2021

Anne McHale, who will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award for her work with the Ballina Braves this week, pictured with her husband Sean.

Mayo’s Anne McHale and Johnny Carey will receive nationwide recognition for their dedicated work with Ballina Braves Boys Basketball Club and Geesala Boxing Club respectively this week at the virtual 2020 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport awards, supported by EBS Mortgage Masters. Anne will receive the overall ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ while Johnny will be awarded the Mayo award at this week’s ceremony. 

Anne has dedicated her life to the sport of basketball and has been the backbone of the Braves for many years. She has coached hundreds of boys over the years and her dedication to the individuals and the club is second to none. In recent years, she has continued to commit herself to the betterment of the club and those within it. 

Johnny Carey is one of the pillars of Geesala Boxing Club and epitomizes all that is good about a community volunteer. Geesala Boxing Club wouldn’t be what it is today without his dedication, commitment and passion. He has given over three decades of volunteering to the club and is involved today as much as he ever was.

Johnny Carey is to receive a Volunteer in Sport award for his years of service to Geesala Boxing Club.

Johnny always makes himself available for training, tournaments and meetings and is a man you’d want in your corner, in both boxing and life in general. He is caring, kind and compassionate – all the attributes of a fantastic volunteer. Both Anne and Johnny will be recognised at this week’s virtual awards ceremony.

The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to champion the contribution, commitment and dedication of the army of 450,000 volunteers across the country who go above and beyond by giving their time to Irish sport and physical activity each year.  These volunteers dedicate some 37.2 million hours of volunteering across the country’s 13,000+ sports clubs and associations every year. 

The awards will be streamed live each evening from 7pm on the Federation of Irish Sport’s Facebook page. Johnny will receive his award on Wednesday evening while Anne will receive her Outstanding Achievement Award on Thursday.

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