Scholarship offers hope to paralysed sports people
The University of Limerick has established a scholarship, worth €25,000 a year, to support paralysed sportspeople in fulfilling their educational potential.
In April 2008, while playing rugby for Hammersmith and Fulham RFC, Stuart Mangan, aged 25, was accidentally injured and as a result he was paralysed from his neck down.
He relied on a ventilator to breathe and needs carers for all his physical needs 24 hours a day.
In August 2009, Stuart developed respiratory problems and he passed away peacefully that month in the presence of his parents Brian and Una and his three brothers Keith, John and Barry.
The Stuart Mangan Scholarship honours the life and memory of the late young athlete by making it possible for those who suffered paralysis while competing in sport to participate in educational programmes at the University of Limerick for periods of up to four years.
Launched last month by former rugby international Keith Wood and the Mangan family, the scholarship includes: not only financial support but the support of a number of mentors who will take a personal interest in the welfare, education and subsequent career progress of the awardee
The scholarship is part funded by the W2 Fund established by Keith Wood to support sport related projects for young people. Keith Wood visited Stuart shortly after his injury and supported the Mangan family through his W2 Fund.