European handcycling champion Liz McTernan has been given a helping hand to achieve her dreams of becoming an Ironman triathlete in Kona, Hawaii, thanks to sponsorship by Obam Stairlifts.

Family business Obam Stairlifts has donated £1,000 to Liz to help her cover the associated costs of travel, training and equipment for her Ironman World Championship challenge.

Liz and the mobility specialists at Obam Stairlifts first met during the company’s open day in June 2016 and have stayed in touch ever since.

During the open day Liz spoke about her sporting achievements and how she’s adapted to life in a wheelchair following a freak diving accident where her buoyancy aid malfunctioned.

Chris Butroid, Director at Obam Stairlifts, said: “Hearing about Liz’ incredible sporting achievements really stuck with me and when we heard that she was planning to take on her next big challenge I wanted to offer to help.

“I can’t imagine the training and pure grit it must take to complete an Ironman triathlon, but we’ve been following Liz’ progress closely and we have everything crossed for her.”

Following an unsuccessful attempt in 2017 – where she missed the combined swim/bike cut-off by less than two minutes – Liz is hoping to qualify and return to Kona to complete in the Ironman World Championship on 13th October 2018.

Liz said: “I took a year out of para-cycling to train for the Ironman last year and although I was disappointed to have missed out by only a couple of minutes, I feel like I’m coming back stronger this year.

“I’m so thankful to the Obam Stairlifts team for their support. It’s great to see that other people are confident in my abilities and are keen to sponsor my journey.”

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