Tara Madigan received the Mayoral Reception on September 19 in recognition of her achievements in the British Transplant Games. Picture: Baoyan Zhang/ilovelimerick
Tara Madigan receives Mayoral Reception for her achievement at the British Transplant Games
Wednesday evening, September 19 saw Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins honouring the brilliant talented Limerick girl Tara Madigan in recognition of her achievements in the British Transplant Games.
Tara Madigan, the 11-year-old girl from Castleconnell, received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2012 at King’s College Hospital in London.
Then in this year, she won three gold medals in the 3k mini-marathon, 50-metre sprint and the long jump, during the games in Glasgow which brought delight to both her family and the donor’s family.
At the Mayoral Reception, Mayor James Collins praised Tara Madigan’s great effort at the game.
“I delighted that we could see a lot of young people achieving in sports. We should participate in sports and everybody should be involved,” said Mayor Collins.
“I think Tara has been very successful of winning championships and gold medals. It is important to continue involving in a team in sports.” he continued.
A short presentation was at the scene for recognizing the young athlete ’s progress. Her goal in the long jump has been backing up her success last year with a leap of 3.52 metres. It was a sporting feat befitting her legendary great-grandfather, the great Mick Mackey.
Tara comes from a sporting family but she linked up with Ireland’s Fittest Family to launch Irish Kidney Association’s Run for Life this year.
Tara’s sporting talent should come as no surprise as her great-grandfather was the hurling legend, Mick Mackey. “Tara has the sporty gene in her blood. Tara shows that it is possible to achieve anything and achievement comes from hard work,” said Cllr Elena Seca. Cllr Seca also wished Tara best of luck and success in the future.
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