15 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

The road to Rio may well be getting closer for Clones paralympic athlete Shane McLoughlin as he continues to progress in competitions.

Shane recently returned home with an impressive silverware collection that he won after participating in a total of six competitions over 10 days in three different countries – Dubai, Tunisia and Kuwait. He competed successfully in all competitions in the shotput category which is admirable considering he recently had to go from being classed as a standing shotputter to a sitting athlete due to complications with his leg.   “I’m using a wheelchair a lot more now than I did and also a throwing frame, it’s a different type of training now I’m a sitting athlete. I train four hours a day three times a week and have gone from being ranked 66th in the world in my sport to 16th,” Shane told The Northern Standard.

The Clones athlete, who was training in England last weekend, has a throwing range of 10 and a quarter metres and he is constantly striving to improve on this. He has also qualified for the European stage of the Paralympics in Italy in June.

“I find it tough enough going but if you want to succeed it’s what you have to do,” said Shane.

The local man was sponsored in his three most recent competitions by Monaghan county councillor Hugh McElvaney and he expressed sincere gratitude to him.

“Hughie paid for everything and I am so grateful as without him I would not have been able to go,” Shane commented. He also thanked his partner, Petrina and daughter Jessica for their support.

Speaking to The Northern Standard, Councillor McElvaney congratulated Shane on his success and wished him all the best in the future.


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