Twenty-three-year-old Hannah Shiels, from the Fanad Gaels club in County Donegal, has been announced as the overall winner of the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year Award for 2022.
Now in its sixth year, the Translink Ulster GAA Young Volunteer Award is an initiative designed to celebrate the important contribution young members of the association make to their clubs and communities. Each month during the year, clubs were invited to nominate youth volunteers who play important roles in areas such as coaching, mentoring, fundraising, and organising social activities.
Hannah, who won the May award, was ultimately selected as the overall winner for the outstanding dedication she gives to her club across a wide range of roles. Her prize package includes a full set of underage jerseys for her club, as well as a commemorative merchandise and trophy.
Presenting Hannah with the award at the Ulster GAA Awards ceremony, held recently at the Manor House Hotel, Fermanagh, Dermot McGirr, Service Delivery Manager, Translink said:
“Translink is delighted to continue our partnership with Ulster GAA on this initiative, which has proved to be a great way to recognise the time, talent and commitment young people contribute to the communities we serve.
“We were very impressed with the standard of entries received, but Hannah stood out for her ability to balance her commitments as a dedicated member of the senior ladies’ team, alongside many other aspects of club life, such as administration, coaching, fundraising, umpiring, social media and the promotion of Irish language.”
Ulster GAA President, Ciaran McLaughlin added:
We are delighted to present our award to this outstanding young volunteer from Fanad Gaels. Hannah embodies what the GAA is all about, she is a keen player with a passion for the game, yet still finds the time to make her club and community a better place for others around her.
“She is a very worthy recipient of the overall award and a great role model for other young GAA members to follow.”