A TALENTED Strabane basketball player has earned herself the chance to represent Ireland at the Abu Dhabi World Games in 2019.
After picking up gold in the All-Ireland Games in Dublin in June, Siobhan McCay has now been selected to compete in the World Games in 2019.
Siobhan has been involved with the Special Olympics since 2006 And after success in Dublin earlier this year, her sights are now firmly set on Abu Dhabi.
“You have no idea how delighted and proud of myself I am. Twelve years later, after all the driving and treks to get through, it paid off,” Siobhan explained.
According to her coach, Bill McIntyre, everyone at the Strabane Special Olympics club is “over the moon” with Siobhan’s success.
“To have someone selected locally for Abu Dhabi is unbelievable and is a great reward for Siobhan’s hard work, patience and dedication,” he said.
“She won gold in the Ireland Games and this is a further achievement for her. Suffice to say the club is over the moon.”
Siobhan’s step father, Tommy McCay said getting selected for the World Games is the promising athlete’s biggest achievement so far.
“Selection for Abu Dhabi depended on winning gold, and after gold winners names were ‘put into a hat’ as they say for selection. Siobhan was lucky to be selected and of course worked extremely hard to earn her place.
“The whole club is ecstatic for her and will be rooting for her all the way.”
With the games to take place from March 7 to March 22 next year, Tommy says it’s all systems go for Siobhan’s training.
“She will be training at home until September and after she will join the rest of the Ireland team. Training will be vigorous but as the only athlete from the Strabane area, we have high hopes.”