December 5, 2023

Bonagee United are holding a fundraising five-a-side on Tuesday night time for Irish Deaf Girls’s Futsal star Catherine Grier – however it’s a match with a distinction.

All gamers shall be given ear plugs to expertise simply what it’s prefer to play whereas unable to listen to team-mates, opponents, referees and spectators.

Ramelton native Grier, who was born with profound nerve deafness, had a cochlear implant put in in 2021, enabling her to listen to sounds for the primary time.

The 22-year-old performs for Donegal Girls’s League league and cup double winners Bonagee United and was instrumental of their run to the Girls’s FAI Novice Cup remaining this summer season.

Grier will go to Sao Paulo in Brazil in two weeks’ time for the World Deaf Futsal Championships and her team-mates have organised Tuesday’s match.

“The thought got here from Catherine herself and has been pushed on by the gamers,” says Bonagee United senior girls supervisor Chris McNulty.

“Catherine has been an excellent addition to Bonagee United this yr. She is an inspirational determine in how she has by no means allowed deafness to be a barrier to her life, be it in sport, in work, in faculty.

“The ladies needed to do one thing to mark Catherine going to the World Cup. We’re all very happy with her achievements any time she goes to put on the Irish shirt.

“Tuesday’s match shall be a great likelihood for our squad to get collectively to want Catherine properly for the World Cup. It’s additionally a chance for everybody to maybe really feel the sport from the attitude of Catherine and her Irish team-mates.”

Eire have been drawn alongside England, Japan and Kenya in Group B for the World Cup.

Tuesday’s match kicks off at 7pm.

Silence is golden in distinctive fundraiser for futsal star Catherine Grier was final modified: October twenty third, 2023 by Rachel McLaughlin