Congratulations to Phyllis Naughton, patron of the Tipperary Special Olympics Club, who received a special award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Special Olympics Ireland.
The awards ceremony took place at the Special Olympics AGM in Dublin City University.
“When I got the call saying I had won this special achievement award I got a shock,” said Phyllis. “I was honoured to receive this but I never did this for a thank you. I look at it that I was accepting the award on behalf of all my volunteers because if I did not have volunteers, we would not have a club. There are many links that make a chain; I am only one link and it takes many to make a chain.”
The Tipperary Special Olympics Club was formed on September 23, 1993 by Patron Phyllis and celebrated twenty successful years in 2013 for catering for adults with disabilities. The club is an organisation that offers year-round sports training and competitions for people with learning disabilities. While the Tipperary Special Olympics club builds the skills, confidence and self-esteem of their athletes, it also provides them with an important social outlet.
“I was honoured to get this award. Whether it’s a one-day sports day or a regional, national or Olympics competition, it develops and brings our athletes to their full potential. It’s the fun they get out; learning new skills and trying out new sports,” said Phyllis.
The Tipperary Special Olympics club is run with the help of many volunteers. “Some of our volunteers are not parents of people with disabilities but they come week-in, week out and we have no paid member of staff,” said Phyllis. “I’d like to thank the people of Tipperary and Limerick who are always so generous with fundraising. And thank you to all the volunteers in our club in Tipperary town”,