17 May 2022

WATCH: Passport drama denies County Derry weightlifter chance to represent Ireland

A late dash to Dublin wasn’t enough to save the trip.

A County Derry weightlifter has cruelly missed out on a chance to represent her country in a European competition after delays at the passport office meant she was unable to travel and compete.

Catherine Martin, who runs the Women Gone Strong fitness programme, had been selected to compete for Ireland at the European Masters Olympic weightlifting competition last month.

Her training and commitment had won her the accolade, but the only thing missing was the Irish passport required to represent the team.

With the help of one of her online clients, she decided to take one last ditch dash to Dublin in a desperate bid to save the day.

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