DUO ADD EXTRA SPICE TO ORIEL COUNTY OLYMPIC INTEREST

27 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY KEVIN CARNEY
Monaghan’s interest in next month’s London Olympic Games has come into sharper focus with the news that two young men of the Oriel County soil will be very much part of the picture in the world’s greatest sporting event.
Clones native Aidan Woods will be at this year’s Olympics in a professional capacity, carrying out his duties as Head Physiotherapist of the Irish Olympic team.
Son of Bartle and Anna Woods, Aidan attended St Macartan’s College in Monaghan where he quickly became immersed in the world of athletics and, in time, sports physiotherapy.
London will be his third Olympics as a Chartered Physiotherapist but the first as Head Physiotherapist to the Irish team.
He was part of the Olympic Council of Ireland medical team in Beijing (2008) and Athens (2004).
Meanwhile, 23 year old Irish gymnast Kieran Behan – whose mother Bernie (nee Gavan) hails from Newbliss – will actually compete in the Games in a couple of weeks time.
He has a number of relatives living in the county and defied all the odds by overcoming serious health problems in his teens to become only the second Irish gymnast to get to the Olympics.
Kieran will be competing in the Artistic Gymnastics competition and is fancied by many shrewd pundits to do very well.
Ironically, Kieran’s arrival in London for the games was disrupted by his bus driver getting lost, forcing him to miss training.
However, he saw the funny side of it judging by his reaction on his twitter account and it will hopefully be the only detour he has to take in the next …

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