Just when the nation needed a much needed boost Kelly Harrington obliged with a simply outstanding performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Her ability has never been in question, most sports fans would have known she was Ireland’s best hope of winning a medal. But, what perhaps we didn’t know, was how humble she was, backed and supported by a wonderful caring and loving family in Dublin.
The immense pride and joy that Kellie instilled in this country at the weekend resonated with young and old, bringing tears of joy to the eyes of the most hardened among us. It was special, it always is when someone represents Ireland at the world stage.Her achievement in bringing home gold however is again an example of what commitment and dedication can really achieve. Yes, you must have talent, but without the work ethic to match you get nowhere. That said, there are many others who put in the same hours and efforts into their respective codes but cannot reach the same heights, proof of Kellie’s tremendous talent.
While commentators keep outlining how influential she will be to both present and future generations, she would be the first to admit that she was similarly influenced by the feats of fellow Dubliner, Katie Taylor before her. Another sports star who has been an inspiration an role model to many is Brendan Maher. He announced this week that we will no longer be pulling on the Tipperary jersey. A huge loss to the game but what an ambassador, not just for Tipp, but for this small country of ours. So well done Kelly Harrington and well done Brendan Maher. Two of the finest sports people this country has produced.