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The Special Olympics Ireland Volunteer Recognition Awards

The Special Olympics Ireland Volunteer Recognition Awards are the chance for volunteers to recognise their peers for the hard work and dedication that they give to Special Olympics in their capacity as a volunteer.

 The awards are the chance for people across the island of Ireland to recognise the outstanding work done in their local community by Special Olympics volunteers.

We are inviting nominations for volunteers under the following categories:

Club Volunteer
This award is set to commend a club volunteer at any level, be it from CMT, coach, Health Promotion Facilitator or general volunteer. The nominees will have devoted time and energy to the development and functionality of their local club and athletes and will have gone above and beyond the role requirements.

Virtual Volunteer award
We are living in a changed world and that has brought challenges and opportunities to our athletes, clubs and volunteers. The virtual volunteer award category exists to recognise the achievement of those volunteers who have adapted to this new environment and brought a new online world into the life of Special Olympics Ireland athletes and volunteers. The nominees in this category have been a leading light to others throughout the past year.

The Spirit of Special Olympics Ireland
Volunteers are at the heart of the Special Olympics family. The nominees in this category are the essence of what drives Special Olympics forward as they contribute on a number of levels to the organisation and its athletes. This award seeks to recognise those volunteers that inspire others thereby creating an environment where sports and volunteering can thrive. 

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Please give examples
The SOI Volunteer Awards were created to acknowledge the generosity, kindness and selflessness of the volunteers which are at the core of the Special Olympics family. The initiative seeks to recognise our volunteers for the hero’s that they are and these volunteers are captured across a diverse range of categories.

The organisers
The organisers of the awards are Special Olympics Ireland CHY 7556 and as the organisers we reserve the right to modify or vary the terms and conditions at any time.

The nominator & nominee
The person nominating the volunteer is bound by the terms and conditions of the awards and by making or accepting a nomination, you are automatically bound by these terms and conditions.

-Only Special Olympics volunteers are eligible for nomination in any category.

-All entrants (both nominators and nominees) understand and agree the organisers and related individuals or entities as well as any sponsors shall not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Awards.

-Nominees under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate.

-Anyone can nominate a volunteer once the volunteer is known to that person and they can credibly account for their volunteer efforts.

-Nominees will be notified of who nominated them for the award, therefore the nominator gives Special Olympics Ireland the person to pass on those details to the nominee.

-Nominees may be nominated under a number of categories. A nomination form must be submitted for each category.

-A volunteer may be nominated on a few occasions by different nominators. Each nomination will be treated independently.

-The opening date for nominations is July 1st 2021 the closing date is 5pm on July 31st 2021. Any entries received before or after this time will be null and void.

-The information on the official nomination form is the only material that will be considered so no other files should be sent.

-Nominations can only be submitted through the official SOI online nomination form.

-The judging panel may contact the nominator for further clarification on the volunteer and the award and the nominator agrees to be contacted by the judge upon entry of their contact details on the nomination form.

-Petitioning on behalf of a volunteer to any member of the judging panel will mean automatic exclusion from the awards.
-All nominees will be contacted to acknowledge that they were nominated and they will be sent an acknowledgment email from SOI.

-The decision of the judges is final.

-SOI in conjunction with the judging panel reserves the right to create a short list of nominations.

-The judging panel in conjunction with SOI reserves the right to withdraw a nomination if adequate information is not available, if the entry is deemed inappropriate and all entries are subject to verification with the relevant SOI group.

-Nominees give permission for SOI and their partners to use the information and content provided for the promotion and publicity purposes. This includes but is not limited to the use of images and video footage of the awards ceremony.

-The nominee understands and agrees that the organisers may request more information from them for such purposes, and may request that they take part in a publicity photo-call and media interviews.

-The personal information captured will be processed in line with GDPR legislation. The policies regarding this are available upon request from