Darragh Mc Donald for Gold Medal in London 2012 <dara4gold>
"He's a Stranger to some and a Vision to none"
|Spread the Word||8/26/09|
| The ParaLions Programme has been initiated to encourage young people with a physical disability or visual impairment to become involved in Paralympic Sport and unearth potential Irish athletes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and beyond. |
The idea behind ParaLions is to try and make people aware that Paralympic sport in its many forms (e.g. cycling, athletics, swimming, sailing, wheelchair basketball etc.) exists across the country, is accessible, can offer incalculable benefits, as well as the dream scenario; the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Paralympic Games.
If you have a physical disability or visual impairment and have an interest in sport, we want to help you to get involved. By completing the ParaLions questionnaire and returning it to the PCI, your details will be retained on our database and we will lead you to the appropriate sport relative to the profile of your disability and of course your own sporting preference. If you match our criteria, we will issue you with our resource pack which includes a t-shirt, bag, keyring, information booklet, pen etc.
If you know somebody, with a disability, help us to sell the message. Get them to complete the questionnaire and return it to us now.
ParaLions is a collaborative effort by all eight sporting bodies included in Paralympic Sport and is made possible with support from the Irish Sports Council, the International Paralympic Committee and O'Neills Irish International Sportswear Co. Ltd..
A number of the Irish team which competed in the Paralympics in Beijing were not involved in Paralympic sport at the time of the previous Games in Athens so the hope is that ParaLions will be able to unearth some young Irish athletes for London 2012. At the very least, this programme may be the starting point for a lifelong involvement in sport at the level of your choosing.
The ParaLions Athlete Search Day was held on May 2nd, 2009 in Dublin City University. Over four hundred people participated and learned about the participation opportunities available in the 19 sports represented on the day. If you were unable to make it on the day,
Archery Athletics Boccia Cycling Equestrian Football 7-A-Side Football 5-A-Side Goalball Judo
Powerchair Football Rowing Sailing Swimming Table Tennis Triathlon Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Rugby Sports Inclusion Disability Officers
Darragh and other Athletes are willing to make visits to people interested in the program