38 year old long distance runner, Brendan Maguire from Castlemartyr, will be vying for a place in the 2019 Special Olympics this March.
The East Cork athlete was among 91 special athletes to win a place to represent Ireland, after competing against 1,600 athletes in Dublin last June.
Brendan came in first place in the 400m run at the 2018 Ireland Games, winning a Gold medal and securing his place in Team Ireland.
The journey to the World Games for the Castlemartyr man began 3 years ago when he competed in his local Special Olympics Area Games in 2016 and then the Regional Games in 2017 which qualified him to represent the Munster Region in the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games on the National stage in Dublin (June 14th to 17th). 1,500 Special Olympics athletes competed at those Games, and all had eyes on a place on the Team for the 2019 Special Olympics.
Brendan’s mother, Margret Maguire, said she couldn’t be more proud of her son’s achievements.
“The family is delighted and thrilled that Brendan will be representing Ireland. We hope he will do well, as he has trained extremely hard for it” Mrs Maguire said.
The World Games that will take place in Abu Dhabi on the 14 March feature a strong Cork contingent, and among them is Team Ireland.
27 year old Roy Saville from Mayfield will compete in Floor ball in his first summer games. Previously, the City player competed in the WinterGames of 2017 in Austria and 2013 in Pyeong Chang, South Korea.
The Team Ireland 7-a side football squad will include 34 year old Thomas O’Herlihy from Churchfield; 25 year old Wayne O’Callaghan from Vicarstown; 27 year old David Dunlea from Douglas; 23 year old James Hunter from Mallow and 28 year old Steven O’Leary from Fermoy.
The eyes of the Nation will also be on 39 Aoife McMahon from Clonakilty who will compete in Table Tennis, and 53 year old Rosarie McCarthy from Togher, in Tenpin Bowling.