Teenage sprinter becomes first Ukrainian refugee to tie up with Irish athletics club


A 17-year-old Ukrainian sprinter is one of the first refugees from the war-torn country to join an Irish athletics club.

athletics Ireland offers Ukrainian citizens free membership to sports clubs in Ireland.

Dublin-based Crusaders AC recently welcomed Mark Inuwa as their newest member.

He traveled to Ireland alone from Ukraine for a few weeks and is staying with a host family.

His interest in sports caught their attention and it was through Athletics Ireland that he was introduced to the club.

Mark attended a sports school in Ukraine where he received both his athletics training and education. He will continue to attend this school remotely until the end of May.

Athletics Ireland Director of Coaching and Development Pat Ryan began working with Crusaders’ Susan Walsh to include Mark in some of the training sessions with Crusaders.

He was warmly welcomed by the club and presented with a club training jersey after his first training session.

“Training with Crusaders is the best, I really appreciate my trainer for supporting me and helping me with my training,” said Mark.

Athletics Ireland presented Mark with the Irish gear along with a pair of sprint spikes kindly donated by Joma.

Any Ukrainian citizen wishing to join their local athletics club can visit or contact a regional development officer. Teenage sprinter becomes first Ukrainian refugee to tie up with Irish athletics club

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