Hughes Insurance awards local sports volunteer

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012
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Maria Fox, right, St John Bosco GAC with her Hughes Insurance Sports Volunteer Award while looking on is Joanne McKeown, Manager, Hughes Insurance, Newry. Picture: Columba O'Hare

The Hughes Insurance Sports Volunteer Awards, a national awards programme recognising the unsung heroes of local sport in communities across Northern Ireland, has announced 12 regional winners from across the province. Hundreds of volunteers from all sports were nominated with the Newry Sports Volunteer Award going to Maria Fox.  Maria was chosen as the Hughes Insurance Newry Regional Winner for her work with St John Bosco GAC. Maria has championed the cause of ladies football for many years at St John Bosco GAC including coaching, mentoring, sitting on the committee and much more.  Maria works tirelessly at the club across a variety of tasks including holding annual first aid training courses and working with partner organisations. The aim of the awards was to unearth the true sporting heroes in our communities and were judged by an independent judging panel.  Twelve regional winners were selected across all the Hughes branches with each winner being awarded £200 for themselves along with £500 for their club and a bespoke trophy. Joanne McKeown said “There is some fantastic work being done by sports volunteers in our community and we want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate people they know doing some fantastic volunteer work.  We are delighted to announce Maria as our winner for her work with St John Bosco and give her the recognition she deserves.” All 12 branch winners now go forward to the Northern Ireland finals and the chance to win the Overall Sports Volunteer Award title.
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