Monday 18 November 2019

Hero's welcome for Olympian Lisa!

Lisa with her sister Caroline Wilburne and nieces Katie, Zoe and Clare Wilburne
Lisa with her sister Caroline Wilburne and nieces Katie, Zoe and Clare Wilburne

Pádraig Byrne

'Lisa is a real role model for the whole county and anyone who's involved in gymnastics or athletics.'

Those were the words of Wexford Able Disabled club founder Tony Murphy as the club went all out to welcome back Olympic hero Lisa Redmond after her stellar performance at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

The Tomhaggard native did her county and her country proud as she returned from the Middle East with a gold, silver and bronze medal, as well as two ribbons having impressed the judges in artistic gymnastics.

Lisa had put in a huge amount of work before departing for the World Games and she had fantastic support from all her friends at Wexford Able Disabled Club.

They were out in force at Coolcotts Community Centre as they hosted a big party to celebrate Lisa's success. Enjoying her new found celebrity status, Lisa was delighted to show off her medals and also took the opportunity to thank everyone who had helped her along the way on what had been an epic journey.

Mayor Tony Dempsey and Cllr George Lawlor also congratulated Lisa, saying she had really done her home county proud on the international stage. There was also music from Stuart Burns and Lisa had a great night in the company of her family, including parents James and Martha, and friends from the club.

'She's very active in the club and she's really come on in leaps and bounds since she started,' said a proud Tony Murphy.

'It was a brilliant night here for her. She's a big inspiration to anyone in the club and anyone involved in gymnastics or athletics. To achieve what she did on her first time of asking is unbelievable.'

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