SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 1 October 2015 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors announces the 2015 Legacy Awards to honor extraordinary contributions supporting the mission and values of the FGG. These awards will be presented along with the Medal of Honour Legacy Award to "The People of the Republic of Ireland", commemorating the first nation to approve Marriage Equality by National Referendum. The Legacy Awards will be presented at the FGG's Annual General Assembly ( AGA ) 16-18 October 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.
The complete list of Legacy Award winners and additional information is available here:
Summary list and information below:
Local Hero: Valerie Mulcahy, Cork GAA
An Irish Gaelic footballer and first elite female star of Gaelic games to come out.
Outstanding Ally/Male: Duncan Casey, Munster Irish Rugby Union
Irish Rugby Union Player and a strong supporter of the Marriage Equality referendum.
Outstanding Ally/Female: Senator Averil Power
An Irish independent politician and championed the national referendum that brought marriage equality to the Republic of Ireland in May 2015.
Outstanding Ally/Organization: Failte Ireland
The National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland.
Local Organization: Emerald Warriors Rugby
Irish rugby team based in Dublin and members of the International Gay Rugby Association and Board. They are Ireland's first primarily gay rugby team although it is open to anyone with an interest in playing rugby.
FGG Member Organization: SC Janus
Founded in 1980, SC Janus of Cologne Germany is one of the oldest LGBT+ sports organizations in the world. They currently have more than 1600 members participating in 45 different sports.
Outstanding Male Volunteer: Cillian Flynn, Team Limerick
For his work on the Gay Games X: Limerick 2018 bid finalist.
Outstanding Female Volunteer: Keli Zehnder, Gay Games 9
Keli served on the all-volunteer Board of Directors for Gay Games 9, serving as Co-Director of Sports.
Gay Games 9 Scholarship Program: Derek Liecty and Paul Oostenbrug
For their continued work on ensuring the Scholarship program achieves its goals and objectives.
Pioneer Award: Oliver Murphy ( posthumously )
Participated at Gay Games I and II in Track & Field, capturing the Gold medal in the Decathlon. Murphy, from Ireland, was terminated from his job after competing at Gay Games I, and was an out and proud vocal supporter of the Gay Games movement in Irish and international media. This award will be presented during the annual Memorial Moment Ceremony, and the public is invited to attend.
The AGA brings together delegates from its full members, associate members and board members to discuss the activities of the past year, plan future activities and elect the FGG board members for the next year. The Board of Directors for Paris 2018, host city of Gay Games 10, will also be present to discuss their plans for the 2018 event. All AGA attendees are encouraged to book travel and accommodations for the October 2015 event. Complete 2015 AGA information is available at gaygames.org .
About the Gay Games
Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco ( 1986 ), Vancouver ( 1990 ), New York ( 1994 ), Amsterdam ( 1998 ), Sydney ( 2002 ), Chicago ( 2006 ), Cologne ( 2010 ), and Cleveland+Akron ( 2014 ). Gay Games 10 will be held in Paris 2018. Visit www.Paris2018.com for more information.
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