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02 Jul 2022

Every step did count for Kiltubrid as Leitrim club win €1,500 prize in Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Steps Challenge

Every step did count for Kiltubrid as Leitrim club win €1,500 prize in  Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Steps Challenge

An aerial view of Kiltubrid GAA pitch

Kiltubrid GAA club have walked their way to a €1,500 voucher from O'Neill's thanks to the efforts of their members after the Leitrim club was announced as one of the lucky winners in a prize draw for clubs who achieved over 4,500km in the Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Steps Challenge.

Kiltubrid's name was selected among the Connacht winners as over 450 clubs around the country reached the target of 4,500 km walked by their members between January 19, and February 23. Their prize is a €1,500 voucher from O'Neills with St Mary's GAA Club in Sligo taking the top prize of a €2,500 voucher and Ballinrobe GAA club in Mayo taking the third prize of a €1,000 voucher.

GAA President Larry McCarthy was delighted with the response of the GAA community: "The Irish Life GAA Healthy Clubs Steps Challenge provides clubs with a healthy and fun way to keep physically active and connected during the dark winter months. It has also helped motivate thousands of participants to achieve their recommended weekly physical activity levels. It is one of our most popular community initiatives and its enabling of physical, mental, and social health couldn’t be more timely."

28,600 GAA members from 690 clubs walk a combined total of five million kilometres between January 19, and February 23, and with every step once again tracked through Irish Life’s MyLife App, the distance covered is the equivalent of walking all the way to the moon and back five times; a combined step count of seven billion. Each participant walked an average of almost 190 kilometres in the five weeks.

Prof. Niall Moyna of Dublin City University said of the challenge: "The fact that we have had 28,600 people engaging from almost 700 clubs is phenomenal. The impact this will have on public health is incalculable. It’s not just the acute effect [participants] get from engaging in that bout of activity – but the long-term effects are absolutely astronomical.

"It will reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, from many forms of cancer and will reduce their likelihood that they will become obese or will assist them in losing weight as well."

Head of Health & Wellbeing at Irish Life, Stacey Machesney said "Research has shown the importance having a sense of belonging to a community and making a contribution to society. That sense of inclusion is as important to one’s wellbeing as physical and mental health.

"Over the course of the pandemic MyLife has been successful in providing this with the GAA community and our customers. We look forward to continuing this as we move through the next phase of coming out of lockdown."

The Irish Life GAA Healthy Clubs will grow to 475 participating clubs on March 12th when 172 new clubs commence their journey with a national orientation day in Croke Park. For more details go to: www.gaa.ie/community

The full list of winners per province is as follows:

  • Leinster: 1. Kilmessan Meath; 2. Skerries Harps Dublin, 3. Shillelagh Coolboy, Wicklow
  • Connacht: 1. St Mary's Sligo, 2. Kiltubrid Leitrim, 3. Ballinrobe Mayo
  • Munster: 1. Glin & Glin Emmets LGFA Limerick, 2. Ballina Tipperary, 3. Inagh Kilnamona Clare
  • Ulster: 1. Na Dúnaibh Donegal, 2. St. Malachy's Castledawson Derry, 3. Butlersbridge Cavan

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