Fundraising parachute jump for Michael O’Dowd

Thurles man Michael O'Dowd, pictured here with his trainer, is hoping you can contribute to his sister Andrea's fundraising drive.
A brave Thurles woman is preparing to make a leap of faith by skydiving out of an airplane for charity.

A brave Thurles woman is preparing to make a leap of faith by skydiving out of an airplane for charity.

Andrea O’Dowd is calling on your support to fund sporting equipment for her brother Michael, a wheelchair user and Boccia enthusiast. Boccia is played by wheelchair athletes with severe cerebral palsy and neurological disorders and is an extreme test of muscle control and accuracy.

Thurles native Michael has been selected for the National Boccia Team to represent Ireland in the European Continental Cup. The tournament takes place in San Cugat, Barcelona, Spain from March 30th to April 5th. This event will set Michael up on the world Boccia scene gaining an international ranking and performing as part of the new Irish Squad.

In order to select the athletes who will compete for Ireland, Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland (CPSI) organised a qualifying tournament on January 17th and 18th in Collinstown Sports Complext in Dublin. “Michael was very successful and got selected for the Irish Squad,” Andrea told the Tipperary Star. “We are all very proud of Michael’s achievements to date and grateful for the hard work by a lot of people connected with getting him to where he is today. This is a life-long goal of Michael’s and it has played a major part in his personal development since he joined Enable Ireland, and his introduction to Boccia. Michael’s achievement will put Thurles and Enable Ireland on the Boccia International sporting map once again.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.