Jason Smyth and Minister Leo Varadkar launch Vision Sports Ireland. ,Download
Jason Smyth and Minister Leo Varadkar launch Vision Sports Ireland.
Thursday, 19 September, Dublin.
Four time Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion, Jason Smyth, and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar, today launched Vision Sports Ireland at a reception in central Dublin. Formerly Irish Blind Sports, the organisation has been renamed and rebranded to mark its 25th anniversary and to reflect the needs of its members.
Pictured at the launched Vision Sports Ireland at a reception in central Dublin. Formerly Irish Blind Sports, the organisation has been renamed and rebranded to mark its 25th anniversary and to reflect the needs of its members.
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Senator Eamonn Coghlan.
Robert Dobbyn, Chairperson Vision Sports Ireland.
Jason Smyth, Paralympic Double Gold Sprinter.
Minister Leo Varadkar.
Speaking at the opening Minister Varadkar said: “This is the start of a new era for vision impaired sports people in Ireland and I congratulate Vision Sports Ireland for reaching out to the community. Sport can, and should, be open to everyone, and I know that this organisation is striving to provide access to activities right across the country. The Government continues to support this area and awarded €36,000 to Vision Sports Ireland through the Sports Council this year, in addition to support for elite athletes through Paralympics Ireland.”
Vision Sports Ireland assists vision impaired people in Ireland, of all ages, to access sports at all levels, from leisure to elite, in their own communities where possible. The Organisation offers a range of sports, including tandem cycling, football, swimming, golf and athletics and hosts, both, national and international competitions.
Senator Eamonn Coghlan, a valued supporter of Vision Sports Ireland, former three time Olympian and World athletics 5000m champion, presided over the event declaring in his opening that “today is a great day for the vision impaired people
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