10-year-old Diarmaid McCaffrey from Elphin, Co. Roscommon will shortly be off to represent his country in the Diabetes Junior Cup.
Diarmaid will be part of the first ever Republic of Ireland team of children with Type 1 diabetes representing their country at the Diabetes Junior World Cup. The tournament, now in its sixth year, will see over 130 children with Type 1 diabetes from 12 countries travelling to the Olympic Stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland in late August to participate in a 7-a-side competition.
Diarmaid was one of eleven players selected following trials to which over 80 children with Type 1 diabetes between the ages of 8 and 12 years from all over the country recently attended in Dalymount Park.
Diarmaid, who has Type 1 diabetes and plays locally for Ballinagare Football Club, said: “It is a dream come through, I am very proud to wear the Irish jersey in Switzerland”.
The team, led by Coach Sean Francis, ex-League of Ireland footballer, includes players from 9 different counties.
Niall Quinn met up with the team at their latest training session and offered plenty of tips and advice on how to prepare for international tournament football and presented each player with their Irish jersey.
Diarmaid’s parents will be travelling to Switzerland and his mum Kathleen said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for Diarmaid and definitely a dream come true. Diarmaid has a great interest in soccer and is seldom seen without a football at his feet. He has always dreamed of being a professional player! We are so proud of his achievement and it shows Diarmaid that having Type 1 Diabetes will not hold him back from fulfilling his dreams.”
Issue dated: 03 August 2012
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