RONAN GOES FOR GOLD AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Orangemen support swim dream
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