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The current Ulster and Antrim Chairperson declared her hand at the recent inter-provincial Gael Linn but kept council until after the outcome of last weekend’s All-Ireland Club Championship semi-finals where Ulster sides O’Donovan Rossa and Keady were involved.
O’Hara will actually run for the position of President-elect, a new position created within the Camogie Association at Congress earlier this year.
“”I was approached by a number of people in all four Provinces, to at least consider the possibility of running for the position of President-Elect,”” said O’Hara. “”That alone took me by surprise but it was a humbling experience to realise that well respected people in the game were prepared to put their faith in me.
“”It’s a massive commitment and I spent the last few months giving it serious thought before declaring my intentions. I had to weigh up a number of concerns including where I am at the minute in relation to Antrim and Ulster camogie. But I suppose I love a challenge and maybe that was the catalyst.””
Although there is a lot of work still to do in the province, the Ulster Chairperson acknowledged that great strides had already been made in a short space of time. Should she be elected at Congress next year O’Hara will still be able to see out her term as chair of Ulster during her year as President-elect.
“”If I’m successful I would still have another year in Ulster and that’s important. We have a first class Council brimming with professional, articulate personnel who have found their feet and their voice,”” she said. “”Another year will shore that up and a new leader will emerge. Next year will also be my last year in Antrim. I think after five years it’s time for a new face and a fresh approach. Again we have come a long way in the past four years and there is a renewed sense of purpose at Board level with an influx of solid young officers gaining valuable administrative experience.
“”If you give people a voice and responsibility the results can be quite remarkable.
“”We have a fantastic Association, which is still evolving. We now have Regional Development Officers and additional administrators on board to assist the thousands of volunteers who are the life-blood of the Association.
“”It is their tireless efforts that keep the game going and facilitate the playing of it. At the end of the day it’s the playing of the game and the needs of the players that are paramount,”” added O’Hara.


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