Laura Reynolds urged her coach and fellow Leitrim walker Colin Griffin to continue his Olympic dream and give the 2016 Games in Rio de Janerio a go despite his disappointment in London last Saturday.
Told by the Observer that Colin was examining his future in the sport, Laura said “It was very disappointing for Colin, no-one works as hard as Colin does, nobody works so professionally as he does and I definitely hope he keeps going until Rio at least.
“Even after his race, he didn’t let his own disappointment affect me, he was straight in coaching mode but most walkers reach their peak in their mid to late 30s so I’d hope he’d carry on.”
The Mohill & District AC walker, however, believes that Rio will have challenges enough of their own to match the splendid Games hosted by London - “I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Olympics, I have to say it was the best experience of my entire life.
“The British really put on a great show and I think Rio are going to have a very hard job to follow.”
Laura also paid tribute to the tremendous fourth place finish of Robert Heffernan in the Men’s 50Km event on Saturday morning - “Rob Heffernan is definitely an inspiration, to be so close to a medal it shows it can be done. Rob and Olive Loughnane have been around so long and Rob is such a tough competitor, it shows it can be done.”