Salmon Leap’s Tom Egan honoured with top volunteer award

by Stephen Findlater

Lucan man Tom Egan received nationwide recognition for his dedicated work with Salmon Leap Canoe Club this week.

He has been awarded the Kildare award at the virtual 2020 Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport awards, proudly supported by EBS Mortgage Masters. 

Egan has committed his life to the sport of canoeing for the past 50 years, starting off at Grade Ten Canoe Club in Lucan, going on to compete in slalom events and began volunteering by helping beginners and juniors to progress in the sport and attend events around the country.  

From this, he progressed into becoming the National Team Manager for Canoe Slalom Ireland, his duties during this period included travelling to and coordinating and managing teams competing nationally and internationally across Europe at World Championship level.  

In recent years, Egan has played a major part in Salmon Leap Canoe Club ranging from organising club races to elite national level races, to acting as club manager, to going above and beyond his managerial duties and making himself available 24/7 to help or assist everybody.  

His commitment and passion to Salmon Leap Canoe Club is endless, organising and towing trailers full of boats all over Ireland and Great Britain, helping the club to be one of the premier racing clubs in Ireland.  

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