Galway swimmer selected for international gala

Galway swimmer John Kelly of Cregmore, Co Galway, has been selected to compete in an international gala in Krakow, Poland.

It follows the National Halliwick Swimming Gala, which is raced under a time handicapping system, from which six competitors qualified to represent Ireland, five of whom are from Kerry.

John, who is a retired garda sergeant, suffered a stroke before Christmas, and unable to return to work in Loughrea, he took up swimming with the help of the Halliwick Concept approach, although he only has the use of one arm and one leg, and is non verbal. John has been coached by Shane O'Connor of Octopus SC at Kingfisher NUIG and Kilcornan pool Clarenbridge.

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