IWAS Youth Games Opens in Athlone
Excitement built in Athlone Institute this afternoon (2nd July 2017) as the official opening ceremony and parade of nations took place to commemorate the beginning of the IWAS Youth World Games 2018.
Approximately 300 athletes, support staff and officials will be involved in these Games which are a significant stepping stone on the development pathway for any aspiring Paralympic athlete.
The athletes will compete in Athletics, Table Tennis and Swimming in the facilities of Athlone IT and the Athlone Regional Sports Centre. Team Ireland will feature a strong contingent of 17 athletes who will compete in Athletics Track & Field, and Table Tennis during the 3 days of competition (Tuesday, 3rd July – Thursday, 5th July). Competition will be split into three age groups, Under 23, Under 20 and Under 17 for the return of the Games to Ireland. It is anticipated that large crowds will attend to ensure support for the Irish athletes competing.
Speaking about the 2018 Games, Nicky Hamill, IWA Director of Sport explained:
IWA- Sport is delighted 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.
Crucial to the success of the Games is the support of the official Games partners; Teleflex and Bus Eireann. Based in Athlone, Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. The IWAS Youth World Games coincides with the 75th anniversary of Teleflex where staff will support the Games across a number of roles and functions. Monika Vikander Hegarty, Vice-President HR International & Global Talent Development for Teleflex said:
The IWAS Youth Games provides talented young people from across the globe with the opportunity to participate in their chosen area of sporting excellence. Teleflex is very proud to be an Official Partner of these games. Through sponsorship and the assistance of our staff during this event we are ready to play a part in ensuring these Games will be a great success.” said Monika Vikander Hegarty Vice-President HR International & Global Talent Development for Teleflex.
Bus Éireann will support the Games by providing transport for athletes and support teams. John Sheridan for Bus Éireann said
Bus Éireann, with the largest network of transport across Ireland, are delighted to be a partner to the IWAS Youth World Games. As the official transport provider we look forward to welcoming athletes on-board our hi-spec Expressway coaches, for their journeys to and from Dublin Airport. In Athlone we will run shuttles between the sports venues and athletes’ accommodation for the duration of the games. We wish all participants the very best of luck and encourage the public to show their support for what promises to be a great event.
Additional information about the Games is available from the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation