International Sports Stars For Event At Siamsa Tíre This Month

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Keith Wood.

FORMER Irish rugby international Keith Wood and Kerry senior football team boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice are among the high-profile figures from the world of local, national and international sport who will attend a series of panel discussions on recreation and sport at the launch of the new five-year strategy of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership later this month in Tralee.

The launch of the new Strategic Plan 2017-2022, which is open to members of the public, takes place on Monday, March 27 at 7.30pm at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee and will be attended by the Minister of State for Sport, Patrick O’Donovan and the Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy.

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Among the guest speakers for a panel discussion on the benefits of sport and physical activity will be former rugby international, Keith Wood, Kerry senior football manager, Éamonn Fitzmaurice, world champion swimmer Ellen Keane and Gavin Hennigan, who achieved a record-breaking 5,000km solo row across the Atlantic.

This panel will be chaired by local fitness consultant Joe O’Connor.

Focussing on the theme of sports policy into the future a second panel will include Minister Patrick O’Donovan, CEO of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, and the Partnership’s new chairman and former minister, Jimmy Deenihan.

The panel will be chaired by Úna Moynihan, lecturer in Sports Development, Community Studies and Strategic Planning at the Institute of Technology Tralee.

There is no admission fee for the event and it is open to all members of the public though advance booking is required through the Partnership’s website and Eventbrite link:https://krspstrategicplanlaunch.eventbrite.ie

The new Strategic Plan (2017-2022) of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership focuses on its mission to increase participation in sport and physical activity by people of all ages and abilities in Kerry.

Three key inter-related themes have been identified – participation, partnership and governance, and profile – with the aim of further developing the combined potential of stakeholders and providers in getting the active more active and the inactive active.

Speaking ahead of the strategy launch and panel discussion, chairperson of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Jimmy Deenihan said it was a plan for everyone. “The objective here is to maximise the number of people leading an active lifestyle and I am confident that it will have an impact on the health of people in the county. Kerry has so much to offer in terms of recreation and physical activity which Is all linked to improved physical health and well-being,” he said.

“We have a fantastic line-up of speakers for the panel discussions, each with their own perspectives on what can be done to increase participation in sport and recreational activities,” said Mr Deenihan.

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