Wicklow Camogie Volunteer for 2021: Olive Farrell, Eire Og Greystones has selected as Wicklow Camogie Volunteer for 2021. Her nomination below will give you a good sense of Olive’s significant and valued contribution within her club.
Olive’s Role in the Club
Olive’s roles in our club in 2021 have been as Club Development Officer, Vice Secretary, Hurl with Me Organizer, and U14 Mentor. She has always had a strong leadership role within our club; she previously held the role of Club Chairperson and Club PRO.
Olive’s drive has seen our club, only established in 2014, to be now the largest club in Wicklow. The strength of the club is not just in playing numbers, but also in the wide group of coaches who operate in an inclusive and collaborative environment– which is something that Olive has worked extremely hard to ensure. Olive was the driving force in the club getting the 2020 flag and put huge work into the role of women in sport in the build up to 2020. Olive undertook the Mná Training Programme. Subsequently, she ran a very successful Hurl with Me Programme in the club which resulted in an intake of coaches and helpers from the parent pool. In addition to this, Olive has given freely of her time to coach and mentor many underage teams over the years.
Although Olive’s commitment and dedication to her role on our committee was time consuming, this year Olive’s work in the development of our club has been crucial. She was instrumental in the recruitment of so many parents to the coaching ranks, and also encouraged their further training and upskilling to provide the best possible mentoring for the girls.
Olive has carried out tireless work in fundraising for the club in 2021. She arranged sponsorship and new sets of jerseys for teams throughout the camogie club – no easy feat in these covid times!
Olive also looked after health and safety with the club, helping to keep our members safe, which included carrying out the Club Safety Assessment and managing the defibrillator upkeep.
As always, Olive was ready to help wherever and whenever possible, be it as covid officer earlier in the year, organising travel to matches, arranging end of year awards and medal giving to the under 8s and under 10s, as well as helping to mentor our successful U14 team. Olive dedicated all this time and effort despite making regular trips to Kilkenny to care for a seriously ill family member.
Despite all the time and effort Olive has spent helping to develop our club, which is very evident to us at the club who see her work firsthand, her lasting imprint will be how she encouraged girls to play camogie and promoted the sport within our club.