Asda Omagh backs local athlete in Tokyo Olympics debut

Asda Omagh is rallying behind local field hockey Olympian, Shirley McCay whose sister, Lyndsey McCay worked in the store for six years.

Originally from Tyrone, Shirley has represented both Ulster and Ireland since she was 14 and is currently the most capped female athlete across all sports in Ireland.

Shirley has dreamt of qualifying for the Olympics since she was a child and after years of hard work and dedication, she is competing in the Tokyo Olympics this year.

As an avid hockey player herself, Lyndsey, who is now based in Asda Antrim, has been with Shirley every step of the way and has been looking forward to supporting her sister’s Olympic debut.

Asda Omagh colleague Lyndsey McCay whose sister, Shirley McCay is making her big debut in the Tokyo Olympics. Lyndsey is pictured with her nephew Alex, her neice Betty, and staff from the Omagh store joining in the support for Shirley McCay.

Lyndsey said:

“I am extremely proud of Shirley and all that she has achieved over the years. I have never met anyone with as much commitment and dedication to her sport.”

“It’s great to see Asda Omagh is with me in supporting Shirley! Anytime she is home she always makes sure to pop into store to stock up on her favourite treats before her next trip.”

“As we can’t travel to Japan due to COVID-19 restrictions, a few of our close friends and family will be cheering her on at our family home in Drumquin. With the time difference in Japan, there will certainly be a few late nights in our house, but we can’t wait!”

The Ireland hockey team had their first win on Saturday, beating South Africa 2-0 in their opening match in Tokyo.

Asda Omagh General Store Manager, Stephen Henry, said:

“We are delighted to be backing Shirley in the Olympics and it’s great that she’s related to one of our own. Lyndsey has been a credit to the Omagh store and team work certainly comes naturally to her. We wish Shirley all the best in Tokyo and our staff will back the team all the way!”

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