Saluting IABN Athletes!

Among the causes the IABN supports are those members who are involved in sports. IABN brother Brian Sneed brought to my attention that some of our newer members have reached the pinnacle in their sport.

Mark O’Donovan & Shane O’Driscoll are GOLD MEDAL WINNERS from the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  They beat out 68 other teams from around the world to win the ‘Lightweight Men’s Pair’.  The field was comprised of the same teams that competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and that will compete in Tokyo in 2020.  

The issue, and where the IABN can help, is that the Irish government provides some financial support but they need more to enable them to stay on top in this training-intensive world class sport.  

They are doing it all on a thread with their own families often making up the difference!  Not sure how much longer they can keep it up if they have to struggle to pay their expenses?  They have a very good chance to win GOLD at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo ….. if they can find additional funding sources.

We made a promise to help them acquire additional funding for this season and next season as well hopefully .  They believe that they can do as well in the upcoming Olympics as they did in the World Championships.  What a wonderful thing it would be for them (and for Ireland) to bring home the first ever GOLD MEDAL in Olympic Rowing!  Please be generous in your support.  

Join the IABN in supporting these lads and visit their GoFundMe page at:

You’ve all heard the story about the infamous Jamaican Bobsled team, well it’s Ireland’s turn.

IABN’s own Brendan Doyle, is a skeleton slider with the Irish Skeleton and Bobsleigh federation, that the IABN is supporting and trying to raise awareness for, and we ask our members to support as well.

Brendan has qualified an Irish sled for this year’s World Championships which will be held in Whistler, Canada. He’s been sliding for Ireland the last two years totally self-funded and he’s gone through his personal savings and is at the stage where he depends on sponsorship.

He’s looking to reach out to Irish businesses based in North America as he does 95% of his sliding here, and there’s a big following here. He is looking to generate around €60,000 for his season. Brendan Doyle.

To contact Brendan, and please visit his FaceBook page:

Team Ireland Skeleton Athlete – Irish Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association

Email: – Tel: 00 353 (0) 87 6344777

Twitter: @facedoyle


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