There was a lovely turnout in Ardee on Saturday last to honour Thomas McCague. He was honoured in his family’s home town of Ardee for his great athletic achievement.
Thomas was a gold medal winner at Powerlifting at World Dwarf Games in Detroit.
Thomas’s father Paddy is originally from Dawson¹s Demesne, Ardee and this was the reason he was being honoured in the town on Saturday. A graphic designer, he has worked with the Dundalk Democrat and the Drogheda Independent.
Presentations were made to him on Saturday by John Caffrey, chairman Ardee Traders and Business Association, who presented him with a painting of Ardee Castle. Cllr Finnan McCoy, chairman Border Region Authority presented him with a crystal vase and Cllr Paudie McKenny, vice chairman Ardee Town Council presented him with a painting of Dawson’s Bridge, Ardee.
His father Paddy and all his relatives live close to Dawson’s Bridge.
Thomas will keep up his training and compete in the United Kingdom next year and has his sights set on Australia and perhaps Rio and hopes to break the world record for bench-pressing 159kg, which has stood since 2005.
Also present were his parents Paddy and Joan and his sister Patricia Hobbs and her daughters Michaela and Hannah and uncles and Deirdre McCague, Ann McCague, Peter McCague, Breda Mallon, Martin McCague, Josie McCague, Michael Hobbs, Kitty Brady and Rita Pepper.
The games were established in 1985. The purpose is to develop, promote, and provide little people athletes and quality amateur athletics in a supportive environment.
The games holds the idea that there is a lack of sports opportunity for little people in America and they look to fill the void and provide an environment that rewards dwarf athletes by taking their potential seriously and giving them a realistic opportunity to succeed through hard work and dedication.
They also believe that “the dream of honoring America in international competition should be as real for a dwarf athlete as it is for any other in the country.
their mission is to encourage people with dwarfism to participate in sports regardless of their level of skills.
It is also to help dwarfs to realize their true potential in life. Many athletes attend these spectacular games to do just this.
The games were first held in Chicago in 1993 and have been held every four years at cities around the world.