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Shane’s Bright Idea

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Shane Healy speaks about a big wish he has in the latest issue of Irish Runner Magazine. Shane, who has been busy setting world records in the Over 50 Masters division, would love to see a Conservation Corps set up in Ireland to help young offenders, homeless youngsters and others develop a sense of purpose and achievement in their lives.

13 January 2024; Shane Healy of Metro/St Brigids AC, Dublin, celebrates after breaking the men’s 800m over 55 world record with a time of 2:02.46 after competing in the men’s over 55 800m during the 123.ie National Masters Indoor Championships at the TUS International arena in Athlone, Westmeath. Photo by Tyler Miller/Sportsfile

“I might have never set foot on a running track but for the help I received as a member of the California Conservation Corps,” Shane said.

“I was living in a homeless shelter with no work to sustain me when I was offered the opportunity to join the California Conservation Corps. I was just 19 at the time and I learned a whole lot during my year in the Corps, which was run as a very disciplined but highly motivating and challenging experience for young people.

“I believe the time is ripe to set up an Irish Conservation Corps and that many of our troubled young people would respond to this type of disciplined and purposeful plan and become better human beings in the process.”

Shane can be contacted at email: olympian1500m@gmail.com

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