Carrick Communitys School Niamh Spellman was recently selected as the Connacht Junior female sports writer for 2008.
The award, a fabulous piece of Galway crystal was presented at the Connacht Council GAA Banquet and awards night which was held at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Friday, February 20.
A daughter of well-known referee Gerry Spellman, Niamh, who is a transition year student in the Carrick school, writes sports reports and articles for school and has had some of her work published locally.
Towards the end of last year she sent a selection of her articles and reports to Ita Hannon from the Connacht Ladies GAA council. Her submission on the effects the educational cuts announced in last Octobers budget will have on team sport in her school drew very positive attention and helped clasp this coveted title for the young Leitrim Gaels girl.
One of the main topics of focus in that particular article was the impact of the cuts on the journey of the Carrick-on-Shannon junior Ladies football team through the Connacht league which was ongoing at the time and how best to minimise the effects of the cuts on the games. Niamh, herself plays inÓgoals for this team.
The awards on the night were introduced by another well known woman in sports journalism, Angelina nÓgent, sports editor with Mid-West Radio.
Niamh said she was thrilled to have won this award – "Its a great achievement and its great to be recognised for something that you like doing and are good at." she commented. Niamh concluded by thanking all who made it possible.
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05-Mar-09 by LeitrimObserver.ie