At the recent well attended Innisfree Wheelers AGM, Niall Hopper was presented with the annual award of Club Person of the Year for 2022. A relative newcomer to the sport when Niall joined the Wheelers a number of years ago, he made an immediate impact with his affable manner and willingness to roll up his sleeves and do numerous different jobs.
Innisfree Wheelers are one of the most active sports clubs in Connacht, hosting and participating in numerous cycling events home and abroad. These events include the local sportive’s, Spring Classic, Ladies Lough Gill Tour, Three Counties, and Santa Cycle. Niall is on the organizing committee of all these and also in 2020 took on the onerous role of the club gear organizer. This alone is an enormous task, based on the fact that the club now boasts a membership of over one hundred and thirty people.
Niall is also a regular spin group leader on the clubs Sunday spins and is an active member of the permanent committee which oversees all aspects of club activities. On occasions, Niall has been known to step into the kitchen and dish out the hot meals following some of our bigger events. Versatility would be too small a description for this guy.
We hope that Niall will continue the outstanding work rate which he has shown to date. We hope to celebrate his achievement when we all get together at this year’s club Christmas Party. Congratulations Niall Hopper!