Thursday, June 22, 2006

A tribute to Alan Turner

Alan Turner

Alan Turner has officially announced his retirement from swimming on the 21st June, after winning gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. Alan has been swimming for 30 years since the age of 8 years old, he took part in swimming for the deaf at aged 13. He is now a coach/swimmer in this E.C. It is impossible to count the medals he has won over a period of 30 years! He has given the IDSA 25 years of his athletic service. Thats a quarter of a century!

Alan counts his best memory as setting the world record for 100m breaststroke in Los Angeles in 1985, in that same year, he also won the National Championships for the hearing. His most exciting memory was the achieving the gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay in Australia. His worst memory was in the Deaflympics in Rome, when he didn’t win any medals!

Alan has had 12 major operations in his legs and 2 hips replaced. It is incredible how he has managed to make it to this E.C! In every event he swam for Ireland the only thing on his mind has been victory. He has given his country so much, he is certainly a great sportsman with a heart filled with Irish pride. He is a man known to many in the deaf world of swimming, not only for his swimming skills but for his contagious laugh and warm personality. Alan is what every sportsman should be: strong, dedicated, honest, modest but always seeking to better himself, always firm but fair and most importantly, a friend to all. He is a role model to all our deaf swimmers. The Irish Deaf Sports Association is extremely proud to have had him as an Irish athlete for the past 25 years. We are only sad that he is leaving us now as an athlete, we are sad that he has more to give but he physically cannot, but we are happy that he has lots of good memories of swimming, meeting many sports people around the world who share the same love of swimming as him. We at the IDSA cannot express how proud we are of him. We wish him the best of luck in whatever he may do and hope he comes back to us as a director or coach someday! This may be an end of an era for Alan but may it be the beginning of an end!

Alan is our swimming legend! May your next quarter of century be a happy one!


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