Ray O’Dwyer going for gold

A KILKENNY athlete will represent Ireland at the Paralympics in London later this month.

A KILKENNY athlete will represent Ireland at the Paralympics in London later this month.

Ray O’Dwyer is the Irish record holder in the F34 Discus, javelin and shot putt events. The 22-year-old from Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny, is the son of Willie and Nora O’Dwyer and is also a relative of James Dwyer from Carrigeen who will also represent Ireland in the paraplegic equestrian events in the Olympic village in London.

The young athlete will fly out to Portugal on Thursday to the holding camp and then fly to London’s Olympic village on August 24. He will compete in a number of events on September 1, 4 and 7 in the F34 discus, shot putt and javelin events. He has also taken part in one world championship and one European championship and is ranked in the top 20 in the world in each event. He carries out his training at the RFC grounds in Waterford and does his gym work at WIT and is funded by the Irish sports council. Ray has high hopes for success in the discus and javelin events. His parents Nora and Willie, along with his brother Jake and sisters Rachael and Shauna will be in London to cheer him on.