David is an inspiration to all

Dundalk athlete David O’Hare is set to make history next month as he becomes the first ever Irish track athlete to take part in the Trisome Games.
The Trisome games is a global competition for athletes with Down Syndrome and will take place in Antalya, Turkey between March 31 and April 7.
The international event will gather 1000 athletes from 37 countries including talented 20-year-old sprinter David who hails from Dundalk. A gofundmepage was set up last month by David’s sister Victoria to try and raise €1500 to fund his trip to Turkey. That total
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has almost been reached and it is hoped that a table quiz in Kennedy’s Bar on Saturday February 29at 8:30pm. A table of four costs €40 or €10 each otherwise.
According to David’s mam Caroline her son is hugely excited to be on the verge of representing his country in Turkey.
“David trains with the Dundalk Special Olympics and St Theresa’s here in town and since he got word that he was picked to compete in Turkey he has been training extra hard to get ready for the games. He has always been very sporty and loves swimming, soccer, basketball, karate and athletics. There is a group called Tsenya who create awareness for athletes with Down Syndrome and they have previously tried to get David to travel to the games as part of the national soccer team. However that fell through following the recent issues with the FAI and he ended up being asked to go over as an athlete.
“We are very proud that he is going to be the first Irish track athlete to take part in the game and we are hoping that the floodgates will open after him and plenty more around the country will follow in his footsteps. I would like to thank everybody who has donated to David’s gofundme page which has almost reached it’s target. We will have one last big table quiz fundraiser this Saturday evening in Kennedy’s Bar on the Carrick Road and everybody is welcome,” stated Caroline.
David’s sporting achievement is all the more remarkable given that he had to undergo extensive treatment for heart problems at birth, and his mother hopes that this will serve as an inspiration to others.
“He has gone from a heart baby to the young man you see today he is an absolute inspiration to all young athletes who hopefully will follow in his footsteps”, added Caroline who feels that it is a great honour for him to represent Ireland.
“Sport plays a crucial part in the world population’s live and it offers the same values, pleasures and satisfaction, to people with Down Syndrome. In addition, it is an invaluable means by which social, physical and psychological skills can be taught and learned. Athletes with Down Syndrome competing at an elite level not only provide role models for others, but also assist in breaking down the prejudice and ignorance which so badly restricts the lives of people with Down Syndrome.
If you would like to support David in reaching his target to fund his trip to the Trisome games you can find his gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/davids-debut.

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