Niamh Daffy was appointed Manager of the CARA Centre in 2007. With over 10 years’ experience working in the disability sector specifically in the area of adapted physical activity and disability sport, Niamh has a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and awareness with regards to the provision of sport, physical activity and PE for people with disabilities.
Niamhs introduction to Adapted Physical Activity and disability sport started in her college years where she designed and implemented the first All Inclusive Summer Recreation Programme (CAMP CARA) for individuals with disabilities in Anchorage, Alaska working within HOPE Community Resources, a non-profit organisation that provides community supports throughout the State of Alaska to over 1,400 families and individuals with disabilities.
In 2005, Niamh volunteered at CampAbilities Brokport USA, a sport and recreation residential camp for children with vision impairments. Later she became director of CampAbilities Ireland, which was at that point the first one of its kind in Europe and currently runs in Ireland annually
Niamh worked with Enable Ireland Children’s Service in Kerry as Sports Coordinator and later moved to Clare to continue this role with Enable Ireland Adult Services. Subsequently, Niamh was appointed manager of the adult services in Clare before moving to Tralee to take up the position of manager of CARA.
As manager of CARA, Niamh works with a very small dedicated team in coordinating a number of significant national projects aimed at increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to be active members of their local communities. These include: coordination of the National Sports Inclusion Disability Programme, implementation of the National Inclusion Awards and Xcessible Youth Sport and coordination and implementation of the National Standardised Disability Inclusion Training Framework.