IWAS Youth World Games come to Athlone
In July 2018, the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) Youth World Games will take place in Athlone, Co. Westmeath from Saturday, 30th June - until Friday, 6th July 2018.
Irish Wheelchair Association-Sport are delighted to support this significant sporting event, which features; athletics, swimming and table tennis on the programme. The venues for competition include; Athlone Institute of Technology (Athletics, Table Tennis) and Athlone Regional Sports Centre (Swimming).
Team Ireland will enter a team of 17 athletes to compete in Athletics Track and Field, and Swimming. Speaking about the 2018 Games, Nicky Hamill, IWA Director of Sport explained:
IWA-Sport is proud to support the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) Youth World Games which will come to Ireland in July 2018. The IWAS Youth World Games will feature athletics, swimming, and table tennis and will see a delegation of approximately 300 international team and event personnel visit Athlone. This is an exciting time for young Irish athletes and their coaches and as the host nation we hope local audiences and spectators will support our athletes in Athlone as they compete and perform for Ireland at the highest international level.
Competition will be split into three age groups, Under 23, Under 20 and Under 17 for the return of the Games to Ireland. The Games will be supported by hundreds of local volunteers and organisations, including IWA-Sport, Teleflex and Bus Éireann. It is anticipated that large crowds will attend to ensure support for the Irish athletes competing.
Tipperary’s Cillian Dunne has spoken of his excitement for Ireland to host the IWAS Youth World Games which opens in Athlone on 2nd July 2018. The 21-year-old T54 wheelchair racer has already competed at several IWAS events in the past. However he confessed that preparing for a home Games is a whole new ball game:
It’s hitting me now that it’s getting so close that so many people are going to come up to see us. It’s something I’ve always wanted as well because often when I tell people that I’m a wheelchair racer, they’re like ‘oh brilliant’ but they don’t see the work that goes in. We work just as hard as anyone so in that respect I can’t wait because then they’ll actually see how hard we work and how much we want this.
Additional information about the Games is available from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation