The Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring TD has officially launched the 2012 National Finals of the HSE Community Games.
At the launch Minister Ring said “The Community Games is one of Ireland’s most important organisations since its establishment in 1967 and I am delighted to be here to launch the 2012 Programme of Events. The HSE Community Games partnership works to develop healthy communities in every corner of Ireland through participation in social, cultural and physical activities. I would like to place on record my recognition of and gratitude to, all the voluntary workers in the Community Games organisation who work so hard for sport.”
“We are excited to launch the 2012 National Finals and looking forward to welcoming all the participants and volunteers to the National Finals in May and August from all corners of Ireland. ” said Gerry Davenport, President, HSE Community Games.
Over 2,500 Children from 30 Counties will participate in Cultural and Sporting competitions including: Art, Model making, Chess, Choir, Cross Country, Draughts, Handball, Handwriting, Indoor Soccer, Relays, Table Tennis, and Talent competitions including disco dancing, Irish dancing, singing, music and comedy sketch. This represents the numerous Community Games activities that have been taking place in the local communities across Ireland throughout the year.
Dr Nazih Eldin, Head of Health Promotion, Dublin North East, HSE, said:
“The HSE are delighted to be associated with the HSE Community Games, an organisation that is dedicated to promote the health and wellbeing of the future generations of Irish people. On behalf of the HSE I would like to extend my best wishes for very successful weekends at the National Finals and hope that it will be a positive and fun experience for all the children participating.”
Athlone Institute of Technology President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, who is also the newly appointed President of Athletics Ireland had this to say : “AIT is very much looking forward to hosting the HSE Community Games National Finals again this year. I have no doubt that 2012 will build on the successes achieved to date, in terms of the participant experience, their supporters and families, as well as the vast team of volunteers and organisers. The three weekends of the National Finals are now firmly established as a highlight in the Midlands calendar of events.”