Dunshaughlin man set to become National Leader!

Chris McElligott from Dunshaughlin has been chosen as one of the 5 leaders for the upcoming Operation Transformation programme in January.

Chris lives in Dunshaughlin with his partner Elizabeth Mangan and 3 children – Ryan (8); Dylan (5) and Mya 9 months old.

At the age of 46 yrs, Chris works with the FAI as a Community Coach with the Football for All programmes. The Football for All programme (in Meath) runs out of Ratoath FC provides football for children with a disability. It is a hugely successful programme, having been shortlisted for the Federation of Irish Sports awards earlier this year.

Chris is an above Knee Amputee having lost his leg 16 years ago in a road traffic accident. Prior to the accident, Chris played League of Ireland with St Patricks Athletic (winning a league medal); Monaghan UTD and finally Ballymum UTD. Immediately prior to his accident, he won the league, FAI Junior Cup, Leinster Junior Cup and the Nivea for Men cup with Ballymum.

In 2011, he was introduced to Amputee Football which enabled him to go back playing football. Again his talent shone through, eventually representing Ireland. Chris now manages and coaches the Irish Amputee Football team.

Chris is hugely proud of his football career and his achievements to date. Through his participation on the OT programme, he believes that he can positively showcase the options open to people with disability in the area of sport & physical activity and help turn perceived barriers into opportunities.

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with OT team to promote the national walk day on Saturday 7th January.  There are a number of walks taking place around Meath on this day with the OT cameras accompanying Chris on his walk in Dunshaughlin.

Chris would love to see everyone from Dunshaughlin, Ratoath, Dunboyne, Clonee and surrounding areas to come out and support him on the walk on the 7th Jan.  Those interested in walking with Chris and members from the OT crew, should meet at the Dunshaughlin Community Centre at 9.15am – walk starts at 9.30am. Distance is 4.5km.

Organisers welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and particularly would like to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In the interest of safety and out of respect to other walkers, dogs are not permitted.

Other walks taking place in meath on the 7th January (all start at 9.30am unless otherwise stated):

  • Trim:distance 3.7km (along the Sli na Slainte route), meet in front of the castle.
  • Navan:distance 5km (in Blackwater Park), meet at car park in Blackwater Park.
  • Kells: distance 5km, meet at Fairgreen car park.
  • Cormeen: distance 5km, meet at Sports Complex.
  • Ballivor: distance 5km, meet at GAA grounds (walking track).
  • Cortown:distance 5km, meet at Cortown GAA.
  • Castletown: distance 5km, meet at Community centre at 10am.
  • Carnaross: distance 5km, meet at hall & GAA pitch at 2pm.

Why not kick start your transformation with a walk in your locality and remember no matter what age you are it is never too late to start exercising.

See www.meathsports.ie for further information.

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