THE talented Cahir Grimes was full of smiles, excitement, and joy when he picked up a trio of medals at a prestigious sporting competition in England recently.
The three-year-old, who will be celebrating his fourth birthday in July, took part in the Dwarf Sports Association UK National Games at the beginning of May, and came away with two gold medals for his football and hockey talents in the under 6s category, and one shining silver medal, too for his excellent biking efforts in the under 5s category.
Cahir, who has an undiagnosed form of dwarfism, was presented the fantastic awards by British Paralympian swimmer, Ellie Simmonds, who is a patron of the DSA UK.
This was the charity’s 26th national games event to-date, with the three-day event, featuring everything from athletics, swimming, power-lifting to table tennis, badminton and sailing and more than 200 participants from across the North of Ireland and England were in attendance this year.
Despite his young age, Cahir impressed in every event he took part in, including tennis and Frisbee throwing at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham and new-age curling at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.
As such, the budding young sportsman made his family, consisting of dad Niall, mum Charlene, older brother Connor and younger sister Caoimhe, all from Omagh, very proud.
“He was just so excited to be going to England to compete – he couldn’t wait,” said dad Niall. “He’s a sporty boy, and was delighted to have picked up some medals along the way.
“Not many people over here have dwarfism, so it’s great that he’s able to get out there and see that he is not alone. He loved every second of it, and all of us are just so proud of him.”
• For more information about Dwarf Sports Association, visit dsauk.org or call 012 4629 6485.