Kate Kelly, a 15-year old school girl and athlete from Calverstown, has won a gold and silver medal for Ireland in the shot putt event at the Junior IWAS Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic. The competition was held from the 17 to the 22 of July last.
Kate, who was also born with cerebral pasy and has spent her entire life in a wheelchair, is still on a high from her achievements.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Kate who who currently holds the Irish record in the javelin event, called the club, and who threw just under five metres for the gold medal.
“Winning was the highlight as well as meeting other athletes. I was nervous before my events but I just went along with it. I was really happy to win the gold - it was a proud moment and I accepted it for Ireland and for myself.”
Kate lives with her mother Geraldine and her brother Gary and attends the Cross and Passion school in Kilcullen. Her advice to aspiring athletes out there is to never give up and to get a good coach.
“I started out going to ordinary competitions and just progressed from there. I have a great coach, John McCarthy from Cork and I would say to anybody who wants to become an athlete to hang in there, don’t give up and get a good coach. I will be watching the Olympics - a good few who I trained with will be going, I would love to be there for the atmosphere.”
- Paula Campbell