UCD was the venue for the opening of the 41st edition of MayFest, an annual multi-sport activity weekend for people who are blind and vision impaired. Vision Sports were thrilled to welcome over 350 participants and their family and friends, and volunteers across the weekend for the first in-person MayFest since 2019.
Visitors arrived from 11am and were straight into activities with a junior football blitz, adult VI Rugby and rock climbing, all proving to be hugely popular activities. As the day progressed activities such as athletics, indoor rowing and tandem cycling all elevated the heart rates in what was an action packed day at the third level campus.
It was then off to the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan for the Vision Sports’ ‘Leaders of Today and Tomorrow’ dinner event, celebrating the achievements of our vision impaired Paralympians and Youth Leaders, with many old and new friends of Vision Sports Ireland.
On Sunday, the weekend continued at the Royal St George Yacht Club for water sports, walking and Nature Mindfulness with Nature Therapy Ireland. For the first time in the history of MayFest, participants had the opportunity to try the water sports of sailing and kayaking, and nature based mindfulness activities.
With support from Royal St George Yacht Club and Irish Sailing, participants had the opportunity to sail around the beautiful Dun Laoghaire Harbor. Canoeing Ireland and volunteers from Sandycove Canoeing Club were on hand to support participants in an hour-long kayaking session around the bay, for a tactile tour and fun on the water.
From all the team at Vision Sports, our sincerest thank you to all participants, parents, friends, volunteers and coaches for your support at MayFest 2022.
We can’t wait for MayFest 2023!