Saturday 10 December 2016

Naas U-11s support local man Patrick's on Road to Rio!

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

Patrick Monahan of Naas crosses the finish line to win the Wheelchair race at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Patrick Monahan of Naas crosses the finish line to win the Wheelchair race at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2014 Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Naas RFC, with one of the largest mini and youth rugby sections in the country, is very proud of its heritage as a community club.

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Testament to all that is good about grassroots rugby is the role played by the U-11 squad in raising €500 for Patrick Monahan (right), a local elite-level wheelchair racer.

Competitive sport runs deep in the Monahan family from Caragh, with Paul and Justin playing rugby with Naas.

Their brother Patrick, who is a regular at Forenaughts, has been confined to a wheelchair following a road accident in 2007.

Watching the London Paralympics in 2012 Patrick saw the sport which was to bring a whole series of new challenges and an opportunity to set personal goals which ultimately led him to winning the Dublin City Marathon in 2014 (1hr 52.43) and again in 2015 when he also won the Columbus Ohio Marathon in the USA breaking the Irish record by seven minutes.

The Caragh man has recently achieved the Paralympic qualifying time for the wheelchair marathon while racing in Seoul, Korea setting a new Irish record of 1 hour 29. 45.

Having achieved the qualifying time, Patrick hopes to be selected for the Games. In the meantime he will continue his preparations, with a whole series of challenges, not just the heat but also competing at a higher level.

Naas RFC is delighted to make a contribution to help defray some of the costs involved and to wish Patrick every success in his training programme as he prepares for the Rio Paralympics.

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