Player Profiles 2014
Midlands United PFC
|A native of Kinnitty, Co Offaly, and aged 13, Thomas is an exciting addition to the Irish squad. He has worked hard over the past three years to really excel in powerchair football. He was captain of the Ireland U16's Powerchair international team and was top goal scorer in Ireland for 2013-14 Season.|
Emer, from Portlaoise, is 16 years old and has progressed from representing Ireland at U16 and U18 level. Outside of sport Emer has excelled academically and received Transition Year Portfolio of the Year for 2014 and a Bronze Gaisce Medal.
Patrick is originally from Kerry but plays and studies at Dublin City Univeristy. The 22-year-old has played powerchair football for 11 years and participated in the first ever powerchair football event in Ireland in July 2003. He has excelled in 1v1 competition in AIPF-FAI tournaments before and outside of the game he has various interests including a stint with Jongleurs Comedy Club in 2008.
Emmet is 29 and comes from Kilcormac, Co Offaly. He has played powerchair football since 2009 and participated in the World Cup 2011 and European Club Championship 2013, both of which took place in Paris. Amongst his achievements outside of the game are learning to drive a car.
Keith now resides in Bray, Co Wicklow, but is from Bunclody, Co Wexford. At 38 he is one of the more experienced members of the squad and has played the game since 2009. Another player who appeared for Ireland at the World Cup in 2011 in France. Has also captained the Boccia Ireland team and won gold, silver and bronze medals for Ireland at two Paralympics games.
Another member of the Midlands United PFC team to make the national squad, the Tullamore native is aged 17 and is a key part of the Ireland set-up. He started playing the game as a ten year old and went on to captaining Ireland's U18 team in Paris in 2013.
From Trim, Co Meath, Thomas is one of the key players for the Parkvilla team. Aged 17, he is in his fourth year in powerchair football and his progress has been seen him force his way into the national set-up.
Aoife from Portlaoise has been playing powerchair football for 11 years now and the 19-year-old is the captain of the Irish squad. She showed her class when scoring a hat-trick for Ireland against Switzerland in the FIPFA World Cup in 2011. She is currently studying psychology at DCU.