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In attendance at the World Sports Team launch are, from left, amateur jockey Patrick Mullins, adventure athlete Mark Pollock, former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, and former Wexford hurler Diarmuid Lyng.

In attendance at the World Sports Team launch are, from left, amateur jockey Patrick Mullins, adventure athlete Mark Pollock, former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, and former Wexford hurler Diarmuid Lyng.

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In attendance at the World Sports Team launch are, from left, amateur jockey Patrick Mullins, adventure athlete Mark Pollock, former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, and former Wexford hurler Diarmuid Lyng.

Stars from across the country's sporting arena joined together in Dublin yesterday for the launch of the World Sports Team, a new volunteer-driven organisation which is seeking to provide sportspeople across the world with a supportive network.

The not-for-profit network aims to build a member base which will provide support to those who suffer debilitating injuries through partaking in sport.

Through global fundraising and awareness programmes, the charity organisation aims to reach out to the families and friends of sportspeople, amateur or otherwise, who have suffered catastrophic injury, as well as the injured themselves.

The Global Support network already has the support of an array of sporting stars including Brian O'Driscoll and Grand National-winning jockey Barry Geraghty.

Chief executive of the Federation of Irish Sport, Sarah O'Connor, praised the initiative, which is the brainchild of Tralee native Eamonn Sayers.

World Sports Team is free to join at www.worldsportsteam.org

Irish Independent