Carrick-on-Suir native Billy Kennedy has been re-elected for a further term to the Olympic Council of Ireland, which includes the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
This will be his seventh consecutive summer Olympic Games in an official capacity, having managed the Irish Cycling Team at the 1988 Games.
Following the Barcelona Games of 1992, Mr Kennedy gained a position on the Olympic Council, a position he has successfully held since then, thirty plus years of service to sport at a national level including his input to cycling which stems back to the 1970s.
Mr Kennedy was nominated by Cycling Ireland, of which he is a past President and he continues to be involved with cycling as a Vice-President of local club Iverk Produce Carrick Wheelers and this year was responsible for the successful Rás stage-end in Carrick-on-Suir. He topped the OCI poll with none other than the legendary Sonia O’Sullivan.
Among others elected at the AGM were Pat Hickey as Honorary President, William O’Brien (Archery) as First Vice-President, Waterford’s John Delaney (football) as Second Vice-President, Dermot Henihan (Rowing) as Honorary Secretary, Kevin Kilty (shooting) as Honorary Treasurer and elected as Council members along with Kennedy and O’Sullivan were Sarah Keane (swimming), Tommy Murphy (boxing), Robert Norwood (snowsports), Ciaran O’Cathain (athletics) and Tom Rafter (fencing).
Mr Kennedy, a past Captain and President of Carrick-on-Suir GC, will have a keen interest in how Ireland’s golfers fare in Rio.