A year that Helen Kearney or Wicklow will not forget
HELEN KEARNEY will never forget 2012, that’s for sure. And for that matter neither will the people of Dunlavin and the entire county of Wicklow.
In light of the Dunlavin native’s exploits over the summer she will receive the committee award reserve for a high achiever from another sport from Wicklow GAA.
Helen, who took the equestrian events at the Paralompics in September by storm, joins the pantheon of 'outside'sports stars honoured by the GAA including boxer Katy Taylor, athlete Fionnuala Britton, former international rugby player Shane Byrne, and soccer boss Pat Devlin from Bray.
The 23-year-old brought great honour to her county as she performed superby and was one of Ireland 'shighest achievers and top medal winners at the Paralympics as she garnered a silver medal and two bronze medals in dressage events.
She secured the silver in individual dressage where her personal best score of 76.7 lifted Ireland's dressage team on to the Olympic podium to be presented with bronze, and she completed her medals hat-trick with another bronze in the freestyle competition, bucking what had been a frustrating day for the Irish team.
Helen from Boherboy, was competing in the Paralympics for the first time and was not in awe of the occasion as she took the Games in Mister Cool's stride.
She had prepared well for the event, had the experience of competing at the highest level of competitions in Britian, France and Belgium, trained at Barbard Delahydes's famed Marlton training centre in Wicklow and she had the temprament to match that of her horse Mister Cool.
Her Paralympic successes won the hearts and admiration of county and country. Hers was a victory of indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.
Dunlavin’s Helen Kearney who starred in the Paralympics in London in 2012.