Barry O’Keeffe – Extra Time Sport Sports Person of the year 2017.
Former Kilcock GAA Club and Moynalvey GFC player/manager Barry O’Keeffe was not part of any local club nor was he competing in an individual competition throughout 2017, however Barry’s challenge was far greater than that……
On December 10th, Barry completed the Zurich Marathon in Malaga less than a year after been involved in a serious car accident that almost left him paralyzed.
Barry first entered the doors of CostaSpine at the beginning of June for treatmemt on the neck injury he sustained from the traumatic car accident. In the accident he sustained a cervical fracture of C6/C7.
After an intensive surgery, Barry was lucky to not be paralysed and had extensive pins and screws inplaced to ensure his neck would heal correctly. He presented to CostaSpine 3 months post-op with almost zero range of motion and slight cervical radiculopathy down his left arm. They started treating him for this of course and after a month and were shocked with what Barry requested ‘Do you think I can do the Malaga Marathon on the 10th of December ?’
CostaSpine continued to treat him and his healing was phenomenal, he was incredibly diligent with everything their resident Chiropractor gave him to do. Before they knew it, he was on the rehabilitative side of his treatment plan and his results were remarkable.
Barry then felt comfortable enough to start running and he has been so committed ever since, resulting in today’s fantastic achievement.
CostaSpine were behind him 100% and before his run a spokesperson said; “Barry we commend you for your effort, dedication and perseverance of knowing anything is attainable with the right mind-set. Barry ran the race for a school close to his ❤, Saplings Mullingar.
On the pitch Barry was always 100% committed for both Kilcock GAA and Moynalvey and it seems that determination has only been enhanced since his accident at the start of the year.
From Robert here at Extra Time Sport, fair play to you Barry, your years in the Royal County have served you well. 🤣🤣🤣