Winners announced at the Irish Sport Industry Awards 2022

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, with Clare McGrath, President, Irish Sport Federation (left), and Mary O’Connor, CEO, Irish Sport Federation, at the Irish Sport Industry Awards 2022, in association with Clubforce, at the Westin Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The winners of the Irish Sport Industry Awards 2022, organized by the Irish Sport Federation in association with Clubforce, were announced at an awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Dublin this week.

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, delivered the keynote address to an audience of representatives from across the sporting sector.

The 10 award categories recognize the value that sport adds to the Irish economy from a sports industry perspective, as well as celebrating the continued work done by national governing bodies and local sport partnerships to promote the sport and physical activity nationwide.

The sports industry in Ireland supports 64,000 jobs and stimulates €3.3 billion in household spending.

Volleyball Ireland has won the coveted National Governing Body of the Year award for making significant progress in its commitment to increasing participation and diversity in the growth of the game.

The winner of Outstanding Contribution to Irish Sport for 2022 is JP McManus, whose sporting selflessness he oversaw. JP McManus Scholarship Program, with more than 1,500 students having obtained university scholarships so far, many of them from sports backgrounds, to help them achieve their sporting but also academic ambitions.

The Jimmy Magee Sports Reporter of the Year award went to RTÉ broadcaster and author Jacqui Hurley for her work in sports broadcasting and as an author, and for pioneering the work of making ensure that female athletes get the respect and recognition they deserve.

Congratulating the winners, Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Irish Sports Federation, said: “The awards are a celebration of the continued work done by national governing bodies and local sport partnerships to promote sport and physical activity at national scale. They also serve to recognize the invaluable relationship between business and sport in Ireland and the value that sport adds to the Irish economy. It is important for the federation to underline this and to highlight the business of sport. »

Noel Murray, CEO of Clubforce, added: “It has been a real pleasure to work with Mary and her team to showcase the value that sport brings to our economy and to reward the contribution of individuals and organizations to building communities, promote participation and inspire talent for high performance in sport.

“As the industry not only becomes more important to our economy, but also to our communities, our health and our well-being, we are going through a critical period of transformation where accessibility, sustainability and technology are topics of concern. importance, especially in a post-Covid World period.

The winners are:

– Best sports sponsorship: Sky Ireland and FAI Women’s National Team

– Better use of the communication platform in sport: Her Sport, media platform dedicated to women in sport

– Best initiative to promote women in sport and physical activity: Swim Ireland Women in Sport Leadership Program

– Best initiative to promote inclusivity in sport and physical activity: Sanctuary Runners inclusive running community

– The Jimmy Magee Award for Sports Journalist of the Year: Jacqui Hurley

– Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Sport: JP McManus

– Best New Sports Company of the Year: MOBY Bikes

– Sports Company of the Year: STATSports

– Local Sport Partnership of the Year: Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership

– National Governing Body of the Year: Volleyball Ireland