LUCAN man David Carrig, 36, is excitedly anticipating his travels to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 following his inclusion in the Irish squad for the event that takes place in Los Angeles.
He is one of 32 Dubliners in the 88-strong Team Ireland athletes for the event that runs from July 25 to August 2 and will be part of the 11-a-side football team.
Speaking about the chance to take part in this huge event, Carrig said the news didn’t quite hit him straight away
“It took a long time to sink in. I could not believe I was selected,” he said.
Carrig is no stranger to sporting success having previously tasted victory and gone to the games: “My best memory is winning the football league and being at the All-Ireland Games.”
He is an experienced footballer at this stage, having played for five years now and is currently brushing up on his skills training twice a week with his club and once a month with Team Ireland.
A big fan of sports and exercise, Carrig devotes most of his spare time to it, swimming up to 60 lengths while also playing basketball.
With just six months until the world games kick off, Team Ireland is busy preparing and training for the games with the athletes supported by a 40-strong management and coaching staff.
This summer, the iconic city of Los Angeles will welcome 7,000 athletes from 177 countries to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Supported by over 30,000 volunteers – including 200 from across the island of Ireland – the games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.
Matt English, chief executive of Special Olympics Ireland, said: “2015 is shaping up to be a huge year for our athletes. It’s a tremendous achievement to be selected to represent Team Ireland at LA 2015.
“Over the coming months we will be working hard to generate the necessary funds to send Team Ireland athletes to the World Games and I am confident that the business world will answer our call for support as they have done so many times in the past.
“Special Olympics Ireland is calling on businesses across the country to be generous in their support of our local athletes as they prepare for this important milestone in their Special Olympics journey.
“The support and generosity of businesses and corporate donors will ensure that Team Ireland athletes enjoy their momentous World Games experience to the full.”