Members of Ardee Sports Project head off to Paralympics

Gene Yore

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Gene Yore

The group are having a once in a lifetime experience as they enjoy the Paralympics in London

The group are having a once in a lifetime experience as they enjoy the Paralympics in London

A total of 23 have travelled to London for a week to support Team Ireland and hopefully be there when the Irish flag is raised at medal ceremonies.

All of the people travelling take part in various sports and many of them have competed against some of the Irish athletes taking part in London games.

In the past year they have built up a great haul of medals and trophies at a national level in swimming, boccia, athletics and wheelchair basketball.

They are hopeful to have some of group will compete in the next Olympics.

“We really are going on tour as we will be travelling by ferry and bus,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“With the limitations on the number of wheelchairs on flights it would mean that we would have needed three or four planes to get to London.

“We have people from all corners of county Louth travelling and will be one of the biggest groups of supporters going to London.

“That in itself caused a bit of hassle getting tickets for all of the events that we wanted to see but with a lot of persistence we got them.”

The group got a big flag made up for the occasion so watch out, you could see Louth or Ardee on TV.

The games start tomorrow (Wednesday) and finish on Sunday.