Portlaoise native Brigid Lalor has received the prestigious ‘Tom Collins Award’ at the National Basketball Awards held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Brigid won the award for her contribution to Post Primary School’s basketball in Ireland. Brigid is the Boys and Girls Regional organiser for the Midland Schools. She has been the Midland Regional Head Coach and has led U-15 and U-18 teams to gold medals. She is also the Financial Controller for the Post Primary Schools committee. When announcing the award the Secretary General Mr Bernard O Byrne, stated that there were people present here that could write a book on this lady’s contribution to basketball in this country so he would not attempt to sum it up in a few lines.
Brigid said she was ‘totally honoured’ to receive the award as the late Tom Collins was a teacher in St Paul’s, Monasterevin and a good friend to all. Brigid was unanimously voted for by the Post Primary Schools for the award. Brigid has been involved with eight international teams over the past number of years which took her to the European Championships, World University Games and World Youth Championships. She is currently Head Coach to the Irish U-16 Girls squad who are heading out to Portugal in August to participate in the European Championships. She currently holds the Irish record in European Championships winning five out of eight games.