Cycling campaigner and Cycling Without Age Ireland founder Clara Clark has been named the 2022 Dublin Dún Laoghaire Rathdown recipient of The Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers In Sport Award.
“Cycling Without Age is a Danish concept, in which residents of nursing homes are taking out on cycling trips on trishaw bikes piloted by volunteers,” Clara Clark, told this website in 2017 when she was launching the Irish chapter of Cycling Without Age.
There are now around 60 trishaws in Ireland hosted by a combination of nursing homes and councils.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said: “Clara has spent countless hours promoting and developing the organisation so that it can provide senior citizens and those with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and freedom of cycling.”
“Clara has helped to train volunteers, take people out on the trishaws and advocate for all to be able to access cycling. Clara is a true asset to the community and has been able to expand the initiative with the help of dlr Sports Partnership, dlr and the Bike Hub. It has been Clara’s dream from the outset to bring the same opportunities to people all across the country and thanks to her commitment and perseverance this dream is becoming a reality,” the council said.
The council said that the Volunteers in Sport Awards “celebrate the contributions of the band of volunteers across the country who give their time to Irish sport and physical activity every year”.
The awards event which is to take place tomorrow, March 22, will see volunteers from all 32 counties “honoured for their amazing dedication to volunteering across a variety of different sports.” The overall Outstanding Achievement Award will be revealed on the day.