Longford athlete selected for Team Ireland

Longford athlete selected for Team Ireland

A County Longford floorball player has been selected for the Team Ireland squad at the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.

John Paul Shaw is one of 26 athletes that will compete as part of Team Ireland at the event in Graz and Schladming, Austria from 14 - 25 March 2017.

“The training is tough and I am in the gym the whole time,” John Paul revealed. “I am a full-time horticulturalist too, so I need to balance my training with work and that’s hard but it’s fun too. In the afternoons, I am doing basic training, running on the treadmill, weights and stuff to stay fit and I take Saturday and Sunday off. 

“It is a great way to see the world. I have never been to Austria. Our soccer team was there last week and won 1-0 so hopefully we will be just as successful when we get over there. 

“I will miss out on the St Patrick’s Day parade when we’re away, that’s the only thing but I’ll make up for it two weeks beforehand.”