Tonight is the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London and two athletes from Donegal have been selected to represent Ireland at the Games!
Anne Marie McDaid from Ramelton and Rena McCarron-Rooney from Buncrana have spent the last few weeks at a pre-games training camp in Portugal, but they are now going for gold!
Anne-Marie rows in the bow seat for the LTA mixed coxed four.
Anne-Marie has played a key role in the crew’s success since she exploded onto the scene in 2009. The quartet’s successive 5th place finishes in the 2010 and 2011 World Rowing Championships have been a particular highlight.
While Anne-Marie has always enjoyed sport, her involvement with the LTA crew has marked the start of her competitive career.
When Anne Marie competes at Eton Dorney, she will be part of the first Irish rowing team to ever compete at the Paralympic Games.
Rena has been involved in table tennis for fifteen years and has enjoyed success at both national and international level. In 2011 alone, she secured Irish and Costa Rican Open titles.
She is focused on preparing for London 2012 and hopes to carry her recent good form into the Games.
The Irish Paralympic team consists of 49 athletes from 20 counties.
Anne-Marie is making her Paralympic debut at 11.30am in Eton Dorny, while Rena is playing her opening game the ExCel Arena at 11:40am.
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