In October, the Mary Peters Trust announced that in the event one of their aspiring athletes got injured, they would select and send the athlete to the Ulster Independent Clinic for diagnosis and this would be funded by the Rory Foundation. Since then, they have had their first athlete go through the process.
Last month, 14-year-old boxer Eoghan Quinn from Swatragh in Co. Derry, was sparring in preparation for a National boxing tournament when he hurt his hand and was taken to casualty. Eoghan was put in a cast and told he would be put into a system to assess the damage and treatment required. At first it was thought he would be in a cast for eight weeks meaning he would miss the boxing tournament.
Eoghan’s mum Cecilia remembered how Dr Andrew Crone, Trustee of the Rory Foundation, gave a talk at the announcement late last year about how the Rory Foundation would be supporting the Mary Peters Trust so she phoned the Mary Peters Trust.
“Eoghan was not only upset that he had injured his hand but also the fact he might have had to wear a cast for eight weeks and miss his boxing tournament. I had remembered the Rory Foundation being present at the sports bursaries awards in October and knew that they could help us so I called the Mary Peters Trust the next day and two days later Eoghan met a Consultant in the Ulster Independent Clinic. Thanks to all parties involved, Eoghan will have the cast removed and a rehab of four weeks,” said Cecilia.
“It’s unfortunate that athletes get injured but we are delighted to be able to offer a new branch of support. This quicker diagnosis means a quicker solution and it’s great that Eoghan is able to compete in his tournament next month. It’s a very positive outcome,” said Eilish Rutherford, Chairman of the Mary Peters Trust.
“I’m delighted we can support this wonderful initiative with the Mary Peters Trust. It’s tough on any athlete if they’re forced to withdraw from their game but outcomes like this really make it all worthwhile,” said Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation.
Eoghan will be fit to take part in the National boxing tournament next month.
“I’ve missed a school ski trip in order to recover properly but I’m delighted to be able to take part in the tournament in March,” said Eoghan Quinn.