As we reported recently on SportsNewsIreland, Gymnast Kieran Behan and his parents have up to now been funding his travel and other expenses, which in 2011 alone amounted to around Eur 12,000. Kieran even helped with car washing in Croydon, South London where he is based to help fund his trips to represent Ireland overseas. Those sacrifices paid handsome dividends when he qualified for the Olympics.
The good news from the Olympic Council of Ireland (O.C.I) today is that they have now made a Eur 20,000 grant aid available
to Kieran to help him in his preparations for the London Olympic Games.
Kieran, aged 22, has captured the imagination of the Irish public in recent days following his surprise qualification for the Olympics – and the revelation that he went from a wheelchair to becoming a key member of Ireland’s challenge for success at the London 2012 Games.
Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland commented on the Council’s grant aid decision: “Kieran has shown tremendous grit, determination and courage in achieving the very high and exacting Olympic standard”
“He is a winner and undoubtedly has the drive necessary to make his Olympic dream come through. We in the Olympic Council are pleased to provide essential grant aid to assist this stunning newcomer to Team Ireland at the London Olympics”.
It is splendid news that the O.C.I were able to respond so quickly and help fund this young athlete’s Olympic dreams.