Ryan (19) reaches new heights as he takes to the air


Black­rock teenager Ryan Habis was the only Ir­ish com­peti­tor at the first ever in­ter­na­tional air games in China re­cently.

The 19 year old, who only took up paraglid­ing three years ago, was com­pet­ing against some of the top paraglider pi­lots from around the world.

Ryan is a past pupil of Dun­dalk Gram­mar School and is cur­rently do­ing a post-Leav­ing Cert course in I.T at O’Fiach In­sti­tute of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion.

He first got a taste for the ex­treme sport of paraglid­ing while liv­ing in Jor­dan, and has done a lot of paraglid­ing in the pic­turesque Olue­di­niz re­gion of south­ern Turkey, ac­cord­ing to his mum Ca­tri­ona.

She ex­plains that although Ryan has got his pilot’s li­cence for his paraglider, he has yet to find a suit­able lo­ca­tion for fly­ing since com­ing to live in Black­rock.

How­ever, he was thrilled to get the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent his county at the In­ter­na­tional Air Gamesin China.

‘ There were 120 very elite pi­lots from around the world tak­ing part and he was the only one from Ire­land,’ ex­plains Ca­tri­ona. ‘He was also the youngest pilot at the event.’

‘He was away at the games for ten days and had an amaz­ing time as the com­pe­ti­tion which took place at dif­fer­ent venues, in­clud­ing the Olympic Sta­dium,’ says his proud mum.

Black­rock teenager Ryan Habis.

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