Usain Bolt's Donegal visit still on the cards

Usain Bolt's Donegal visit still on the cards

The Finn Valley contingent in London

It was back in August 2012 that the possibility of Olympic sprinting sensation Usain Bolt visiting Donegal first raised its head.

Four years on and a visit to this county is still firmly on the cards.

On Monday, Patsy McGonagle and members of Finn Valley Athletic Club were in London for the world premier of the athlete’s new film, ‘I am Bolt’.

And during a brief chat with the main man himself, McGonigle told Bolt that the invite to Donegal was still open.

“We had a quick chat and it was great to meet him,” Patsy told the ‘Democrat’.

“Yeh, the chances of him coming to Donegal are still on.

The Donegal group also included members of the Simms family from Milford. Ricky Simms, himself a former member of Finn Valley AC, is the director of London-based Pace Sports Management, which include Bolt among their many sports clients.

Monday night’s event took place at the Odeon in Leicester Square and the Finn Valley members found themselves mixing with a host of top stars from the world of sport.

“It was pretty crazy as you can imagine,” Patsy added.

“But it was a fantastic night and it was brilliant to be there.”

A pair of Bolt’s running shoes are on proud display in the clubrooms of the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar - a gift presented to the club via Ricky Simms.

Patsy however, hopes Bolt himself can make an appearance before too long.

“Obviously he has such a busy schedule, but in terms of his career, it’s beginning to wind down now towards London in 2017 and the World Championships.

“After that you never know. We’d welcome him at any time and we’d be delighted to do so.”

The Jamaican sprinter first talked about coming to Donegal when interviewed by Myles Gallagher on Highland Radio in August 2012, just after his memorable London Olympics campaign.