Incoming chairperson of Leinster Council and former Carlow Camogie chairperson Linda Kenny was “overwhelmed” to receive the President’s Award last month.
Speaking to KCLR’s Saturday Scoreline, the Carlow Camogie stalwart praised everyone involved in Carlow Camogie and her own club Burren Rangers, saying that the award wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
“I was absolutely overwhelmed to get the award and it was an absolute honour,” said Kenny.
“I couldn’t have done it without the club and county and there are some amazing people that I have worked with at County Board level.”
Kenny is certainly more than worthy of her recent award. As well as serving as Carlow Camogie chairperson since 2017, Kenny will become the chairperson of Leinster Council next month. In addition, the Burren Rangers clubwoman will act as Fixtures Secretary for Carlow Camogie and will hold the position of Vice President of the Camogie Association.
Despite her new roles, Kenny is disappointed that she can no longer serve as Carlow Camogie’s chairperson.
She said: “I have to stand down as Carlow chaiperson. It’s very bittersweet but I was asked to stay on with Carlow so I will be over the fixtures.”
Kenny also raised concerns over the development of young players due to the lack of activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We’ve lost U15 and U16 players for a full year.
“The development of younger players in smaller counties such as Carlow has stalled and it’s very worrying.”
The Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2021 recipient highlighted the fact that some players will never get the opportunity to pull on the Carlow jersey again because of the pandemic.
“Some of our best players never got the chance to play their last game for Carlow because they might not make the jump up to the next grade. That’s very sad and disappointing.”