Uniphar’s FIXXA, the official first aid partner to Special Olympics Ireland, joined athletes at Dublin Airport on Thursday to support Team Ireland as the delegation departed for the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Taking place between 14-21 March, the showpiece will be the largest sporting and humanitarian event held in the world this year. The games are heavily supported by volunteers and donations, leading FIXXA to get involved to ensure the Irish team is taken care of during the competition.
“Offering this support is our way to say thank you to the athletes and volunteers who bring so much joy to the Irish nation,” said Siobhan Flynn, Uniphar Retail Services. “Each of them has dedicated four years to reaching this point and we want to make sure that nothing gets in their way.”
A total of 91 athletes will travel to the capital of the United Arab Emirates to participate in 12 sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, swimming and table tennis.
“Our athletes can’t wait to board the plane so they can start competing in Abu Dhabi,” said Matt English, chief executive officer at Special Olympics Ireland. “Making sure they’re fit and healthy will be our number one priority and we’re well placed to do that with FIXXA First Aid onboard.”
The partnership between FIXXA First Aid and Special Olympics Ireland will begin at the World Games and continue to strengthen once the athletes return home. In association with local community pharmacies, FIXXA has committed to provide each of the 317 Special Olympics clubs across Ireland with a first aid kit, covering 7,985 athletes across 15 disciplines.