Paralympics Ireland made a number of key award presentations at the official dinner of the EPC General Assembly and Conference in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, among them Donegal’s Bridie Lynch.
With RTÉ’s Eamon Horan acting as MC, the awards followed speeches from European Paralympic Committee president John Petersson, and Paralympics Ireland president, James Gradwell.
Chief amongst the presentations was the awarding of the Irish Paralympic Order. This is the highest honour Paralympics Ireland can bestow as it is a merit award for outstanding service to the Paralympic movement in Ireland. Candidates have also illustrated the values of excellence, integrity, teamwork, community, accountability, respect and commitment throughout that service.
Bridie Lynch first represented Ireland at the 1983 European Athletics Championships in Varna, Bulgaria where she won discus bronze at the age of 17. She went on to represent Ireland in four subsequent Paralympic Games (New York in 1984, Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000), winning gold in the discus at Atlanta. Bridie has also won Paralympic silver and bronze at shot putt and pentathlon.