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Olympic medalist launches Waterford Sports Partnership Strategic Plan

Chief executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy at the launch of the Waterford Sports Partnership Strategy 2018-2022

Chief executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy has launched the Waterford Sports Partnership Strategy 2018-2022 and its new website.

The launch took place in the Garden Room of the Medieval Museum in Waterford city and was attended by representatives from the many target groups, sports clubs, NGBs, communities, agencies and local networks Waterford Sports Partnership works with.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Declan Doocey welcomed John Treacy, a former world cross country champion and Olympic silver medalist, Senator Grace O’Sullivan, and the many guests to the launch. 

In his address, he paid tribute to all involved in the development of sport in Waterford, and he acknowledged the positive impact involvement in sport and physical activity has on members of the community. He commended Waterford Sports Partnership for their work growing and developing opportunities for everyone.

Chairperson of Waterford Sports Partnership Don Tuohy acknowledged the commitment to sport and physical activity shown by the sporting clubs and community organisations, the Waterford Sports Partnership board of directors, statutory agencies, and the staff of the partnership. He outlined the next phase of Waterford Sports Partnership's work which will focus on the four goals of Active People, Active Network, Active Engagement and Active Management. He signaled the intent of Waterford Sports Partnership to continue to work in a co-ordinated and integrated way with sporting groups and local agencies.

In launching the strategy, John Treacy was highly complementary of the work of Waterford Sports Partnership and all the partners and sporting groups on the ground in Waterford. “The vision Sport Ireland had for Local Sports Partnerships at the outset is truly being realised in Waterford through collaborative engagement between Waterford Sports Partnership and local partners.

“It is about the community groups, the sporting clubs, the Sports Partnership and all the agencies working together, and this partnership has worked very well in Waterford," he said. 

The launch came to a close with sports co-ordinator Rosarie Kealy thanking all those who contributed to the work of Waterford Sports Partnership, the completion of the review and the development of the strategy. She encouraged all present to check out the new website, which is "packed full of information on opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity".