Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, have extended their congratulations to Michael McKillop following the successful defence of his T37 1,500metres crown in Rio today, winning his fourth Paralympic Gold medal.
Minister O’Donovan said: “I am just back from Rio, and the team have been exceptional ambassadors for Ireland, and I am delighted Michael is bringing home another Gold. He is a wonderful example to the stars of the future and is a dominant force. He comfortably took home Gold today, but the race is only half of it, all the preparation and training is where the medals are won and I am delighted for Michael, his coaches, family and friends and all the people who support him and help make these wonderful moments achievable.”
Minister Ross added: “I am delighted to be congratulating Michael on the successful defence of his title, he is a leading light for our young athletes, his desire and determination has never wilted or waivered and his continued success only cements his legacy. His fourth Gold medal is a magnificent achievement and keeps the wind beneath the sails of Team Ireland. All of us back in Ireland are right behind the team and wishing them continued success.”
Both Ministers also extend their congratulations to Eoghan Clifford who claimed Ireland’s second medal of the Paralympics, a bronze in the C3 3000 metres Individual Pursuit.