Malahide BC's Eadaoin Dodds named BI Covid-19 Hero
April 25, 2021
Basketball Ireland is delighted to announce Eadaoin Dodds as the ‘Basketball Ireland Covid-19 Hero’. Last September Basketball Ireland launched its ‘Slam Dunk Covid-19’ campaign, with the aim to increase awareness and help curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. As part of this campaign, Basketball Ireland sought to recognise and reward an inspirational, hardworking and dedicated member of the community, who had done their best in managing Covid-19 within their club during this time.
Dodds played with Portmarnock Basketball Club when she was younger. Her association with Malahide Basketball Club started when her children took up basketball and she began managing a team, after taking part in Basketball Ireland coaching courses. She now sits on the committee at Malahide Basketball Club. She took the role of Covid Officer at the club following the outbreak of the virus. Eadaoin works in the x-ray department of the Mater Hospital and being a frontline worker gave her a great understanding of the virus and how it can be transmitted, which made her a prime candidate for Covid officer at the club. She was a key figure in implementing safety guidelines laid out by the Government and Basketball Ireland.
Dodds, right, with Malahide BC Chairperson Louise Young
Eadaoin also knows first-hand what effect the virus can have, working on the front line throughout the pandemic, she contracted the virus in March 2020. Speaking to Basketball Ireland, she said, “I had Covid-19 last year, I was very sick with it. I am a single parent with three kids. I have been working for the last year and it has been tough, but I work with a great crew of people at the Mater Hospital.”
Eadaoin, nominated by Carol Oppermann, also told Basketball Ireland “It was very nice to be nominated” adding “Malahide Basketball Club is a pleasure to deal with it and I just want to get back playing.” She commended everyone involved with the club for their commitment and enthusiasm to get back playing. She is looking forward to getting back training with the Ladies Division 5 team herself, and seeing her kids back training as soon as possible. She also told us she is “looking forward to being involved in outdoor training sessions in the, hopefully, not so distant future”, and cannot wait to watch Malahide men’s team compete in Division One of the National League for the first time.
Basketball Ireland chairman, Paul McDevitt, said: “Eadaoin is truly deserving of the award. She has been on the frontline serving the wider community in her role with the Mater Hospital. She has also worked tirelessly at her club, Malahide Basketball Club, to ensure that safety protocols were implemented and we commend her for all that she done.”
As part of the award, a team from the Eadaoin’s club will be invited to the National Basketball Arena for a 2-hour coaching session with a top international coach, plus a few extras, once restrictions allow and basketball has returned to action.
Everyone at Basketball Ireland would like to thank all frontline staff and key workers for their continued work during the Covid-19 pandemic, and congratulate Eadaoin on her award.