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An abscess on my spine led to paralysis and the end of my playing career, but sport is still my passion

At the age of 22, GAA player Jamie Wall lost the ability to play his beloved sport due to an infected abscess. Now a GAA coach, he tells us why he has become a Sport Ireland ambassador, urging everyone to get back into physical activity

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Jamie Wall is encouraging others to become active again through the Sport Ireland Let’s Get Back campaign

Jamie Wall is encouraging others to become active again through the Sport Ireland Let’s Get Back campaign

Jamie is now is now the coach of Mary Immaculate College and Kilbrittain GAA

Jamie is now is now the coach of Mary Immaculate College and Kilbrittain GAA

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Jamie Wall is encouraging others to become active again through the Sport Ireland Let’s Get Back campaign

Like most children in Ireland, Jamie Wall was introduced to sport at an early age and having tried his hand at many different games, he decided very early on that GAA was definitely his favourite.

I have always loved all kinds of sport and my earliest memory is of me kicking a ball around the sitting room,” he says. “My Christmas presents were always associated with some sort of sport, and I was massively encouraged from the beginning by mam and dad to try any number of things. There is a picture of me out the back with golf clubs and a big hat. I could barely stand with the weight of it all and I’m sure my dad thought I was going to be the next Tiger Woods, but right from the start I was set on GAA.


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