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Civic Reception for Launch of the Blind Tennis World Championships 2018 in Shankill

Date 
Friday, April 27, 2018
Location 
Shankill
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An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Tom Murphy hosted a very colourful and enjoyable Civic Reception in County Hall on Thursday evening for over 60 athletes and their coaches from 14 countries who will be taking part in the dlr TAKEI Blind Tennis World Chamionships 2018 in Shankill today Friday and over the weekend.

Led by a piper in a parade down Marine Road with their countries flags and banners the athletes, coaches, officials and organisers of the World Championships were hosted in the Assembly Rooms by An Cathaoirleach for the official opening with music and celebration of the Championships. Speaking at the launch on the night were a variety of inspirational speakers, including Beijing, London and Rio Paralympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 100m and 200m event, the remarkable Jason Smyth, Minister of State for Disability, Finian McGrath and President of the World Blind Tennis Association Gaetan Li.

 

Speaking at the event, An Cathaoirleach said:

"Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is proud & honoured to host these World Championships and I'm delighted to be hosting this civic reception.  Particularly so as the County was the home of the beginning of Blind Tennis in Ireland at Shankill Tennis Club.

The modern Council built venue for this weekends action at Shankill Tennis Club is a great example of a partnership between the County Council and a local community sports club - making tennis a sport accessible to all abilities is a cornerstone of the Councils philosophy and ambition for all in the County and the club where the athletes will play this weekend is one of the best examples of that philosophy at work."

Tournament Organiser and President of Leinster Branch of Tennis Ireland, Liam O’Donohoe, said:

“We are honoured to be hosting this major international sporting event in Shankill. The interest in participating in the tournament from the worldwide community of blind/visually impaired tennis players was way beyond expectations and what was originally envisaged as a two-day tournament will now run over four days.”

The dlr TAKEI Blind Tennis World Championships takes place in Shankill from April 27 to 30 when over 60 players will compete in this unique competition which is being held in Ireland for the first time.

Competitors will come from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Pakistan, Poland, Great Britain, Israel and Ireland. Between players, sighted guides, coaches and officials up to 300 people involved in the tournament including many volunteers.

Further information and updates on the tournament are available on: Web: http://www.dlrtakei2018.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/DlrTAKEI.com.

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