Killeavy Cycling Club support Dearbhail’s Special Olympics World Games bid

May 25, 2015

Each year Killeavy Cycling Club support a local charity or worthwhile cause and this year Clady girl Dearbhail Savage is the focus of the club’s charity sportive.

The 15 year old is set to represent Ireland in Horse-riding at this year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games in July.  The local cycling club have decided that proceeds from their upcoming sportive will be donated to Dearbhail to pay for the equipment she needs to train for the Games.

The young competitor took up horse-riding four years ago purely for fun but her hard work and training with her local club, Oakwood Riding School in Mayobridge, have seen her go from strength to strength in the sport, qualifying for the World Games with a gold medal win at the regionals in Coleraine followed by another gold in the All-Ireland Games.

She now goes on to compete in the World Games in Los Angeles against fellow competitors from 177 countries.

Supporting Dearbhail in her endeavours, a spokesperson from Killeavy Cycling Club said,

“With her equipment self-funded, Dearbhail’s involvement in representing Ireland at such a level does come at a cost.

“Killeavy Cycling Club are delighted to be able to support a local athlete who represents her area and country so well.

“The sportive, which offers two routes of 60k and 100k, will be on Sunday, June 14, at 10am with registration from 8.30am from Killeavy GAC.

“Donations on the day are £15/€20 with a food top on the 100k tour and all cyclists treated to a well-deserved BBQ at the end of the cycle.”

The choice of route caters for both leisure cyclists and the more experienced cyclist looking for a challenge.

The route – which takes in stunning views of Carlingford as well as south Armagh – offers no particularly difficult climbs but, depending on ability, a cyclist can opt for longer and more testing 100k loop.

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