Blackrock's Ryan (19) reaches new heights as he takes to the air
Blackrock teenager Ryan Habis was the only Irish competitor at the first ever international air games in China recently.
The 19 year old, who only took up paragliding three years ago, was competing against some of the top paraglider pilots from around the world.
Ryan is a past pupil of Dundalk Grammar School and is currently doing a post-Leaving Cert course in I.T at O'Fiach Institute of Further Education.
He first got a taste for the extreme sport of paragliding while living in Jordan, and has done a lot of paragliding in the picturesque Oluediniz region of southern Turkey, according to his mum Catriona.
She explains that although Ryan has got his pilot's licence for his paraglider, he has yet to find a suitable location for flying since coming to live in Blackrock.
However, he was thrilled to get the opportunity to represent his county at the International Air Gamesin China.
'There were 120 very elite pilots from around the world taking part and he was the only one from Ireland,' explains Catriona. 'He was also the youngest pilot at the event.'
'He was away at the games for ten days and had an amazing time as the competition which took place at different venues, including the Olympic Stadium,' says his proud mum.