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Shining A Light On The Club Player

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09:53 13 Dec 2018


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It's that time of year again. Time for reflection, time for planning.

I know this might look like the lyrics from a Cliff Richard song ( he is a lad that used to sing in the 60's google him!) but the point I'm making is that everyone has their own list of achievers either solo sportsmen or women or teams.

Former All Ireland hurling medalist Timmy Hammersley is one of those appearing on a festive shortlist,  for the Irish Independent sports star of the year 2018.

Hammersley who played an influential role in helping his club team Clonoulty-Rossmore to secure victory for the Tipperary senior hurling title for the first time since 1997 has said he is delighted to be in the mix.

However, Timmy faces some stiff competition from household names such as boxing legend Katie Taylor, rugby titan Johnny Sexton and athletics hero Phil Healy.

Timmy is only one of two club players to make the short list and with the help of his county, club and the local community he could win the coveted title.

Hammersley says; “It is a public vote, and I’m hoping the people of Tipperary will get behind the local GAA player. It would be amazing to see a local club player taking the title because club level is what keeps the sport alive.”

Timmy scored 12 points for his underdog's club Clonoulty-Rossmore when they triumphed by 0-23 to 2-12 over Nenagh Éire Óg at Semple Stadium in the Tipperary senior hurling club championship, and was the stand out operator on the day as you'll see here.

 

Hammersley says; “Hurling is not just a passion it’s my life. It is in my DNA, and it has allowed me to excel as a person both professionally and socially.

While it would be an incredible achievement to win sports star of the year, I would just be honoured to know that my club and my community are being talked about at a national level and in a positive way.”

Timmy currently works at SpunOut.ie as their Engagement and Participation Officer, Ireland’s leading youth information website created by young people, for young people.

His role seeks to ensure young people are facilitated in taking up leadership roles within the organisation.

He is also a leading advocate on many social and human rights issues such as his humanitarian work in Palestine and Calais, homelessness and working with young Irish people in marginalised communities.

Hammersley says; “ I learnt very early on in my career that sport can and should be inclusive to everybody on every level. Athletes can be far more than individuals that are there to be consumed and rated at weekends.

At club level, we may not be in the same category as other national sports stars, but we are as committed, driven and passionate about our success because local community matters and local spirit matters too. “ If you would like to support Timmy and help him over the line with his nomination you can do so by clicking on the following link;

https://submit.independent.ie/sportstar-awards-2018-voting-form.html/

As they say in West Tipperary. Vote early and vote often.

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