Over one hundred people representing all sectors of the community were in attendance at the recent launch of the An Post Tour of Sligo 2014 by John Treacy Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council. In addressing the audience John stated “This event is for everybody, all ages and all fitness levels, and is all about encouraging people to get active through cycling and developing habits of regular exercise which will ultimately lead to enhanced quality of life”. He added “To date the outstanding success of the An Post Tour of Sligo is the fantastic community effort, volunteerism and partnership work involving the local cycling clubs, sports clubs, community organisations, statutory bodies and Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership all working together for the good of cycling and the county of Sligo”. He stated his intent to be take part in the 60k Lough Gill Circuit, an event he has participated in for the last 2 years and invited people to join him on the starting line on the May Bank holiday weekend.
A Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 3rd May which will include the 10km Spin for All, 2km Bike Trail while on Sunday 4th May the more experienced cyclists will have three events to choose from including the 60km Lough Gill Circuit, the 100km Innisfree Tour and the 160km Ox Mountain Challenge. The nominated charity for the event is Special Olympics Connaught and all sponsorship received will go towards sending a team of 228 athletes to the Ireland Games in Limerick in June 2014.
Speakers at the launch included Lord Mayor Cllr. Marcella Mc Garry, Maire Mc Callion Chairperson Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Peter Gillespie Retail Operations Manager West An Post, Ciaran Hayes County Manager, Myra Merrick Regional Director Special Olympics, Rod Scott Innisfree Wheelers and Daire Mooney Eire Og Cycling Club. Also, Roger Dunne who represented England at the Commonwealth Games shared some of his experiences of being an elite cyclists and gave some valuable advice on preparation and participation for a major cycling sportive.
Special guest speaker on the night was Sligo man Tommie Gorman RTE Northern Editor and he remarked on how the event showcases Sligo in such a positive light while he also noted the wonderful community spirit and commitment from so many people from different sectors of the Sligo community who volunteer at An Post Tour of Sligo. Also, he paid tribute to the great work undertaken by Special Olympics the nominated charity for the An Post Tour 2014.
Event co-ordinator Deirdre Lavin SSRP acknowledged the support of all organisations present at the launch and with just over 12 weeks to go encouraged all intending participants to get training. She announced that registration for the event had opened with people having the option to either enter on line or through postal application.
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