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Saturday 19 April 2014

Celebration for Catherine

DOUBLE PARALYMPIC medalist Catherine Walsh was honoured in her home town as members of the Swords community flocked to a local GAA Club to applaud and acknowledge her unbelievable efforts.

Catherine, who works as a physiotherapist at Lusk Community Unit for elderly people in Lusk, claimed the silver medal after powering to a place on the podium with her partner Fran Meehan in the individual pursuit. They then added a bronze medal in the Women's Individual Time Trial on the road to the silver they had already won inside the velodrome in London. Fingallians GAA Club threw open its door to honour Catherine, whose parents Joe and Bernie who have been stalwarts of Fingallians Athletics Club where the Paralympic medalist got her start in competitive sport, first competing on the running track before switching to cycling. Before the evening celebrations, Catherine spent time attending the nursery, signing autographs and posing for pictures with the youngsters who flock to the club every Saturday morning. Since returning home. she has been honoured by the Government at Farmleigh as well as enjoying an appearance on the Late Late Show. She was also honoured by the staff and clients at the Lusk Community Unit. Catherine is still undecided as to whether to go to her seventh Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. She said: ' That process is ongoing. People are asking me what I'm going to do next but I'm just going to take a couple of weeks to process all that has happened in my own head and then sit down and plan for the future.'

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