RO­NAN GOES FOR GOLD AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Orange­men sup­port swim dream

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Gary Fan­ning

A Celtic-daft dis­abled boy who got to the Special Olympic Games thanks to do­na­tions from Orange­men is hop­ing to make a big splash by re­turn­ing to Wishaw with a gold medal.

In Fe­bru­ary 2016, the Wishaw Press re­ported how Orange­men crossed the reli­gious di­vide to raise cash to help send swim­mer Ro­nan Cu­sack to com­pete at the Special Olympics in Sh­effield in Au­gust.

The County Flute Band, who prac­tice ev­ery Thurs­day night in the Or­ange Halls in Wishaw, are back­ing swim­mer Ro­nan, who has learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and is autis­tic, to ful­fil his dream to com­pete at the Sum­mer Games.

Now there is just over a month un­til the teenager takes part in the Games held on Au­gust 7 to 12.

Proud mum Katie Cu­sack, vice-chair­woman of Cen­tral Wishaw Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, gave an up­date on Ro­nan’s fit­ness prepa­ra­tions at this month’s com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing.

And Katie be­lieves that the Scot­land West swim­ming team’s kit of black and an or­ange cap is a good omen to spur her son on to vic­tory.

She said: “A County Flute band mem­bers said to Ro­nan, son we al­ways knew that the or­ange would hit the win­ning line first. “Ev­ery­one has sup­ported him and it has been bril­liant.

Ro­nan, 19, has been busy train­ing at Toll­cross and Shotts Leisure Cen­tre along with his team-mate girlfriend Sa­man­tha Scott, of Cle­land, who ear­lier this month be­came a Scot­tish cham­pion.

Katie sent an email to the Or­ange Orders head­quar­ters in Glas­gow prais­ing the County Flute Band mem­bers sup­port for Ro­nan and the Scot­land West has al­most 300 squad mem­bers competing at the Games.

She added: “All the County Flute Band mem­bers are wear­ing the Scot­land West wrist­bands and they had them at a re­cent pa­rade in Air­drie. They are giv­ing 100 per cent back­ing.

“I sent an email to the Or­ange Or­der say­ing say­ing how the County Flute Band have been great am­bas­sadors.

“They don’t care about re­li­gion and they are sup­port­ing my boy.

“He will go to Sh­effield and I hope he does them proud.

“I am to­tally proud of him and thank the com­mu­nity coun­cil and the County Flute bands do­na­tions to help get him there.

“I just want to say thank you to ev­ery­one.

“I hope he comes back to Wishaw with gold.”

Sup­port Ro­nan with Jim Scott

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