Wexford Able Disabled Club gathered to bid a fond farewell to one of their own at the Community Centre in Coolcotts, as Lisa Redmond got ready to fly out to Abu Dhabi where she will compete in the special Olympics World Games.
Lisa first became a member of the club back in 2014 and loves participating in all the activities from arts and crafts to darts and snooker. Showing massive dedication to sports, particularly her chosen discipline - artistic gymnastics, Lisa has worn a path from her home in Tomhaggard to Wexford town to participate in every manner of sports from football and athletics to kick-boxing, winning several medals along the way. Three years ago, she made the decision to join Wexford Special Olympics and as she embarks on her biggest ever trip, she has never looked back.
After competing at basketball, bocce and athletics, Lisa chose Artistic Gymnastics as her main sport and with a little help from Wexford Able Disabled Club's Caroline Flanagan, she put in some fantastic performances and was picked for the Irish team for Abu Dhabi.
Ever since Lisa was accepted onto the team back in July, there's been great excitement among her club-mates and friends.
Lisa flies to Dubai for a week on Thursday before making the journey to the games in Abu Dhabi for the second week.
Club Founders Tony Murphy and Niall Walker spoke of their great pride at Lisa's achievements and thanked everyone who helped prepare her for the games and ensure she's in tip-top condition.
Presentations were made to Lisa to see her on her way, including the proceeds of a coffee morning held by Noel and Aine Murphy to help her on her way. She now carries all the hopes and best wishes of Wexford Able Disabled Club with her and her members and friends will be hoping she makes a triumphant return to Wexford with a medal around her neck.