Saturday 25 May 2019

Niall Kennedy is special guest at Gorey's Special Olympics Club AGM

Boxing champion addresses club's AGM

Basil Kennedy with Barbara Dixon
Basil Kennedy with Barbara Dixon
John Doyle, heavyweight champion boxer Basil Kennedy, Elizabeth McCarthy and Brendan Carroll

Gorey's unbeaten heavyweight boxer Niall 'Basil' Kennedy made a special appearance at this year's Special Olympics Club Gorey Area AGM held last week in the Loch Garman Arms.

Niall, who has just returned from Boston after winning his fight against Brendan Barrett, spoke of the importance of eating healthy while exercising. He also told the athletes to be immensely proud of what they have achieved to date.

After Niall spoke to the large crowd, athletes were given the opportunity to hold Niall's Massachusetts and New England State title belts.

Roisin Duncan, PRO of the club, said the champion boxer told them how proud the town of Gorey are of them all.

During the AGM, the newly elected chairperson Aidan Kelly said the club had a very successful year in 2018. Seven of Gorey's athletes represented the club in the Ireland games and one athlete, John Doyle, will go to Abu Dhabi in March 2019 to represent Ireland in the World Games. The treasurer reported a healthy balance in the bank.

The new officers for the following year are: Chairperson - Aidan Kelly; Secretary - Roisin Duncan; PRO - Roisin Duncan; Treasurer - Kevin Molloy; Families Officer - Beatrice McHugh; Committee Members - Ann Wadding, Margaret Kenny and Georgina Ward.

The Special Olympics Club Gorey said they are looking forward to the year ahead and are also appealing for new volunteers - for more information call Roisin on 087 6953811.

Gorey Guardian