Paul McNieve gives sup­port to grants

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY busi­ness­man and mo­ti­va­tional speaker Paul McNeive is am­bas­sador to the Douglas Bader Foun­da­tion, which has an­nounced its first fund­ing pack­age in the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

The foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished by the fam­ily of the dou­ble-am­putee World War Two pi­lot. It is sup­port­ing the para-triathlon pro­gramme in Triathlon Ire­land as part of its mis­sion to ad­vance and pro­mote the phys­i­cal, men­tal and spir­i­tual wel­fare of peo­ple who are af­fected by limb loss, or are oth­er­wise phys­i­cally dis­abled. Like Douglas Bader, Paul McNeive over­came a dou­ble am­pu­ta­tion of his legs to lead an ex­tra­or­di­nary life, rising in his ca­reer to be­come the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of prop­erty com­pany Sav­ills and be­com­ing the first dou­ble am­putee in the world to gain a he­li­copter pi­lots li­cence.

Paul cred­its much of his achieve­ments to the life lessons he learned after be­com­ing an am­putee at the age of 20.

‘When I left school I didn’t think I would be good enough to be a pi­lot. 20 years later when I have no legs, I now de­cide - I am go­ing to be a he­li­copter pi­lot. And it’s only a mat­ter of time, even though no­body in the world had ever done it be­fore.

‘ The po­ten­tial we have is un­be­liev­able... ev­ery­one has far more po­ten­tial than they ever re­alise be­cause they never have to dig down and re­ally find it. For me los­ing my legs was a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but it opened up en­tire new worlds and taught me what I could do.’

Sir Douglas Bader was one of the leg­endary fig­ures of the Sec­ond World War.

De­spite los­ing both his legs in a plane crash, he went on to be­come an RAF fighter ace and squadron leader.

His ex­ploits dur­ing the war, and his con­tin­u­ous at­tempts to es­cape a pris­oner of war camp after he was shot down, were im­mor­talised in the book and film ‘Reach for the Sky‘.

Ea­monn Til­ley, Para-triathlon Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor with Triathlon Ire­land, said the sup­port the Douglas Bader Foun­da­tion has pro­vided will be a huge boost for the para-triathlon team.

The Douglas Bader Foun­da­tion is also grant aid­ing Archery Ire­land, who are in­cor­po­rat­ing a pro­gramme of archery for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties into their ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ir­ish para­triath­letes Cather­ine Walsh and Aidan McG­lynn with Paul McNeive, Am­bas­sador for The Douglas Bader Foun­da­tion.

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