Ninjitsu Special Olympics 'hell-raiser'

Naas club raises money with tough challenge

Ninjitsu Special Olympics 'hell-raiser'

Young Alex and his dad Stephen Rooney with Pat Carroll and the Naas Ninjitsu Club present a cheque to Yvonne Maloney of the Special Olympics committee

Naas Ninjitsu Club put themselves through hell — literally — to raise money for the local Special Olympics team.

A team of 13 from the club, under the watchful eye of trainer Stephen Rooney, completed the Hell and Back course in Co Wicklow earlier in the summer and raised €1,400.

The club members trained for four months in advance of the event and Stephen, a seventh dan black belt, hopes the charity fundraiser becomes an annual event.

The team intends to do another event as a fitness challenge this autumn.

Naas Ninjitsu Club trains in Naas Sports Centre on Wednesday evenings (seniors); Thursday (children); Friday (self defence class) and on Saturday (family class). For more information on the club, which has been running for 20 years, call Stephen on 087 1213989.

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