From top: Róisín McGettigan; Kellie Harrington, Irish World Champion Boxer; Claire Lambe, Irish Olympic Rower; Nicole Turner, Irish Paralympic Swimmer; Róisín McGettigan, Programme Developer; and Róisín Jones, Programme Developer
The Olympic Federation of Ireland launched Dare to Believe – a school “activation programme” in which Olympic athletes will take part in workshops in schools across Ireland.
Dare to Believe was developed by 2008 Olympian Roisin McGettigan, who says:
“When I came home from the Olympic Games, I was asked to speak at my local schools. I had all of these hard-earned lessons, international experiences and passion for my sport that I was bursting to share with the next generation, but I soon realised that presenting my story effectively was something I needed to prepare for.
I felt that if I had a template to work with and guidance on how to tell my story, it would have been a better experience for me, but more importantly a better experience for the children to whom I was speaking. It got me thinking about what could be done.
I’m delighted that the Olympic Federation of Ireland, the Athletes’ Commission and the International Olympic Committee have backed this programme. Dare to Believe is an engaging programme that will make a difference in the classrooms and strengthen relationships with Olympians.”
The Olympic Federation launches Dare to Believe programme (Olympic Federation of Ireland)
At the National Athletics Awards in Dublin this afternoon
Wicklow runner Róisín McGettigan presented with a bronze medal for the 1500-metres (at the 2009 European Indoor Championships where she came fourth) as the winner Anna Alminova was doped.
G’wan the clean Irish.
Via Athletics Ireland
Ireland’s Robert Heffernan competing at the European Championships in Barcelona, 2010
Robert finished fourth in both the 20km and 50km walking races at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010. Russia’s Stanilov Emlyanov won the 20km title but his medal has now been taken off him due to irregularities in his biological passport. Robert will now receive the bronze medal.
Meanwhile, Ian O’Riordan, in the Irish Times, recalls:
Last month, Athletics Ireland began seeking the European Indoor bronze medal now due to Roisín McGettigan after Russia’s Anna Alminova was also banned retrospectively for a doping offence.
Alminova won the 1,500 metres at the European Indoors in Turin back in 2009, with McGettigan finished a close fourth. Alminova was stripped of all performances from February 2009, as well as being handed a 30-month suspension, due to irregularities in her biological passport.
Derval O’Rourke is also due a bronze medal from the 60 metre hurdles at last year’s European Indoors in Gothenburg, after gold medal winner Nevin Yanit from Turkey was also later handed a two-year ban.
Rob Heffernan set for belated European bronze medal (Irish Times)
Previously: Rob Heffernan Walks It