Earlier today, the Football Association of Ireland announced the finalists for the 25th ‘Three’ FAI International Football Awards, including nominees for the Football for All International Player of the Year award. They included powerchair football player Aoife McNicoll, Homeless World Cup player Clayton Ivors and amputee football’s Kevan O’ Rourke.
Laois native, McNicoll represented Ireland at the 2011 FIPFA World Cup in Paris, when she was only sixteen years old. After taking up the sport when she was only nine years old, she played for Midlands United on the club level where she won a few Association of Irish Powerchair Football finals. This past year, she played for Ireland at the EPFA Nations Cup in Limerick, Ireland, where she was named Ireland’s Player of the Match in the game against Belgium in a game that saw Ireland finish fourth overall. She also scored the first goal for Ireland in the competition’s opener against Switzerland.
O’ Rourke joined the national team in 2012 plays in the attack position for the Irish national side. He made his debut in a game against Poland in September of that year. He was with the team at the World Championships in Mexico in December of last year.