13 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A Clones man is appealing for sponsorship to help him realise his dream of getting on the national Paralympics team.

Shane McLaughlin from Clonkeencole had his leg amputated below the knee last year following an accident. He joined the Irish Wheelchair Association Sports throws section, which incorporates javelin, discus and shotput, in the early part of this year.

All training and competitions are self-funded by Shane and he has travelled to Ramsgrange in Co Wexford on a couple of occasions to take part in the IWA’s winter indoor training sessions. He has also competed at events in Dublin and Waterford and will be in Cork this weekend.

The Irish throws squad has a competitive match against its Welsh counterparts every year for the Celtic Cup. On Saturday, 5th October this match will be held at the University Track in Swansea and Shane will be travelling there as part of the team.

The overall cost to Shane for the weekend works out at approximately €350 – €400 so any assistance he may receive would be greatly appreciated both by him and the IWA. He will find out after the trip to Wales if he has been selected for the national Paralympics team.

There is no stopping the Clones man who is currently training by himself four days a week.
Co-ordinator/Coach with IWA Sport, Field Section, Pat Furlong praised Shane’s determination to succeed.

“Despite all the trouble he has had and still has with his leg, Shane is determined to make a go of the throwing events and deserves any bit of support he can receive,” Mr Furlong told the Northern Standard.

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