University of Johannesburg Sports Events manager Niamh Faherty was one of the finalists in the administrator of the year category when the Rowing SA awards function was held last month.
Although the award was won by Virginia Mabaso, Faherty said she was just happy to be nominated. Mabaso is the development co-ordinator for Rowing SA.
“There are so many amazing people in rowing who do amazing things that to be singled out is an incredible honour,” said Faherty.
“I want to acknowledge Virginia for the tireless work she does to transform rowing and to find talent all around this amazing country. There was not a better person to win it.”
A devoted rower during her days as a student, Faherty became a University Sport South Africa rowing umpire once she left varsity.
“Last year I got promoted to a national umpire and I have been sitting on the USSA rowing committee as treasurer for the last two years.”
Besides her role with USSA, Faherty plays a part in mentoring clubs on a volunteer basis.
“For example, I have taken University of KwaZulu-Natal under my wing to assist them to find funding, among other things.
“Obviously, UJ is my job and that is where my loyalty lies, so my rowing commitments are done outside of those commitments.
“My focus is to try to help, not only clubs like UKZN, but others where I can to assist in raising the level of rowing to the benefit of all universities.”
In her citation for the award, Faherty was described as someone who had shown exemplary dedication to university rowing for many years.
“In addition to her commitments at UJ, Niamh went above and beyond her position to play a crucial role in ensuring that the UKZN Rowing Club was well administered in the build-up to and during the Universities Boat Race,” it said.
“She handled the club’s administration and worked with the student leaders to develop their leadership skills.”