The Camogie Association this weekend welcomed its new president, Kathleen Woods who highlighted the three key themes for her term as Uachtarán – Safeguarding, Integration and Participation, when she made her keynote address at the Association’s Congress in Kilkenny this weekend.
“My focus is on continuing the work to date in building a game that people want to play. And to continue the work in an association that is strong, respected and cherishes all members.” said Woods in her speech delivered on Saturday.
“Founded on our own courage, our own truth and our own common sense, let us rededicate ourselves as the Camogie Association to grabbing the world by the lapel, let us ensure that everyone that participates in our great game remembers how we made them feel. Respected, valued, encouraged. Let us make it unforgettable.”
Annual Congress 2018 considered over 30 motions with the most significant change to be passed being the increase in the minimum playing age for adult intercounty competitions from 16 to 17 years of age which will come into effect in January 2019.
The new President thanked the outgoing Ard Stiúrthóir Joan O’Flynn for her leadership during her tenure, highlighting the progress made in many areas of the Association.
The Uachtarán also commended her predecessor Catherine Neary who passed on the title to her this weekend, in particular for the great strides that were made during her term in relation to integration with the wider Gaelic Games family.
The Armagh native takes up the role of Uachtarán for the next three years and spoke of her honour at being elected to the position: “I am a proud Armagh woman, a proud Gael and immensely proud to be chosen as the President of the Camogie Association. Standing on the shoulders of the strong Irish women that have preceded me in this role is both daunting and inspiring.”