Recipients of the FBD Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ programme Announced



€50,000 Grant for Irish Athletes on their Olympic Journey

Wednesday January 20th: The Olympic Federation of Ireland, have announced the recipients of the ‘Make A Difference’ programme, a €50,000 fund which will assist Ireland’s Olympic hopefuls in their preparation for the Olympic Games.

Among the recipients announced today were Irish international sprinter, Phil Healy and Irish international swimmer, Brendan Hyland. Phil Healy holds the 100m & 200m Irish Record and 200m Indoor Irish Record and will be hoping to take her great form into 2021 as she attempts to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games. Dublin man and Irish international swimmer, Brendan Hyland is another Team Ireland hopeful looking to make waves in Tokyo this summer.

The full list of recipients is Paul Pollock (Athletics), Phil Healy (Athletics), Brendan Doyle (Bobsleigh), Nhat Nguyen (Badminton) , George Bates (Boxing), Aidan Walsh (Boxing), Ceire Smith (Boxing), Carly McNaul (Boxing), Noel Hendrick (Canoeing), Equestrian Team (3 Disciplines), Megan Ryan (Gymnastics), Sive Brassil (Pentathlon), Margaret Cremen (Rowing), Aoife Casey (Rowing), Lydia Heaphy (Rowing), Cormac Comerford (Snow Sports), Nicholas Quinn (Swimming), Brendan Hyland (Swimming), David Phelan (Taekwondo), Leroy Dilandu (Taekwondo).

In December, long list athletes in collaboration with their National Federation were invited to apply for a share of the FBD Make a Difference fund. The fund is specifically aimed at prospective members of Team Ireland who are likely to compete in the Olympic Games and who are not recipients of the Sport Ireland Podium or World Class funding.

Make a Difference Recipient, Phil Healy said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be selected as one of the beneficiaries of the FBD Make A Difference programme. It’s always been a dream of mine to compete at an Olympics Games and hopefully I can achieve this dream later this summer. This support as part of the FBD Make a Difference programme will help to further assist my preparations.”

Make a Difference Recipient, Brendan Hyland added:

“Competing for Ireland at the Olympics is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m incredibly grateful to FBD and the Olympic Federation of Ireland for their kind support through the FBD Make a Difference Programme. This support will help with my preparation as I prepare for my qualification events.”

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