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Friday, March 15, 2013

Youth Release Ironman team

The Youth Release Ironman Challenge

On May 5th this year 5 men will take part in the Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia. The lads, all originally from Ireland, have kindly decided to take this immense challenge in aid of Youth Release to raise vital funds for our Child Sponsorship program. Have a read through the rest of the site to meet the team , read what’s involved in the challenge on the team blog and learn how you can support the team in Australia and our work in Ethiopia.


Meet the Team

This is the youth release ironman team that has taken up the challenge of completing the ironman in Port Macquaire Australia in May in aid of this great charity. The decision to do the the ironman was the brain child of... Lets be honest there was no brains used when the decision was made to enter this event. The five man team is made up of the following:
                                                             Aidan

Aidan French

Aidan, originally from Newbawn, Co. Wexford has been working as a Production Engineer for Cochlear in Sydney. Aidan already has a half ironman under his belt as well as a few enticers, sprints and Olympic distances.


                                                           Joseph

Joseph Nolan

Joe, originally from sunny Ballon, Co. Carlow has been working as a Mechanical Engineer for Cochlear in Sydney since 2010. Joe did his first triathlon in Loughrea, Co. Galway along with Rob. He completed it but was forced to doggy paddle the swim! Since that his goal has been to improve his swimming and now he faces the challenge of a 3860m swim in Port Macquarie.


                                                               Eamonn

Eamonn Joyce

Eamonn, originally from Rahoon, Co. Galway has been working as a Medical Device Engineer in Sydney since 2008. Eamonns first triathon was a super sprinter in 2010 on the recommendation of Aidan. After a nervy swim not helped by the floating start her completed it. A couple of successful half ironmans later he's now ready for the full


                                                                   Brendan

Brendan Gaffney

Brendan, originally from Isaacstown, Co. Meath has been working as a Medical Device Engineer in Sydney since 2009. Bredan, like some of the other guys began triathon with the BRW Super Sprinter in Sydney. It left him with a taste for more and he has since completed a couple of sprinters, an olympic and a half ironman


                                                                    Rob

Rob O'Reilly

Rob, originally from Cavan and Dublin(!) has been working as a Engineer with Coclear in Sydney. Rob ran the Loughrea triathlon with Joe back in Ireland. He has also completed another sprinter in Athlone and the Galway half ironman before moving to Sydney.

Goal

The boys hope to raise 4,000e, enough to  sponsor at least 10 children through the Vocational Training Sponsorship program in Dire Dawa. You can support them here: http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/9385_yr-ironman-s-fundraising-page.html

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