An inspirational Magherafelt sports star, who believes that ‘football changes lives,’ has been nominated for one of the categories in this year’s RTE International Football Player of the Year award.
Marc Bigger, who has the degenerative muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, first started playing powerchair football almost three years ago.
On taking up the sport, Marc found a new focus and an enriched social life. “Football changed Marc’s whole world,” his mother Marina said. “He changed overnight, becoming less withdrawn and generally much, much happier.
A natural talent, Marc realised one of his dreams several months ago when he represented Ireland in the EDF/FIPFA International Trophy in Paris.
Marc played for the six-strong U-18 team, which saw him not only compete but excel against a number of other countries including France, Finland and the USA. In one match in particular Marc’s passion and commitment for the game held all in thrall – a packed arena witnessed the St. Pius X College student score two goals against Finland – despite being ‘keeper.’
The 24th annual FAI ‘3’ International Football Awards will be held next Sunday (March 2) and will be televised live from the RTE Studios in Dublin. Marc has been nominated for the ‘Football for All’ category.
A Year 13 student at St Pius X Collge, Marc is currently completing his A Level studies in History and Applied ICT. A spokesperson for the school said: “The entire St Pius X College community wishes Marc every success at the awards ceremony.”