IAFA International manager Chris McElligott was selected as one of five leaders for the 2017 edition of RTE's weight loss and healthy living programme Operation Transformation. Chris hopes to inspire the public as he tackles his weight and fitness through the 8-week programme and is determined not to allow his amputation to get in his way. Chris lost his leg in a traffic accident in 2001. A legend of domestic soccer in Ireland, Chris had played for St. Patrick's Athletic and Monaghan United in the Irish Premier League, won the FAI Junior Cup with his hometown club, Ballymun United, and amassed 17 Junior International caps with Ireland before he became an amputee. In 2011 Chris returned to the game he loves and was instrumental in the foundation of the Irish Amputee Football Association. Chris acted as player-manager of the IAFF for the 2012 and 2013 seasons but chose to concentrate on coaching and managing the International team thereafter. A master tactician, possessing invaluable experience of the game, Chris has managed Ireland at various tournaments across Europe, as well as, at the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico in 2014. Now Chris feels he's ready to prove his own fitness and is aiming to pull on the green jersey again at the upcoming EAFF European Championships in Turkey this October. In his first two weeks on the programme Chris has already lost an incredible 15 and a half pounds and has been an inspiration to anyone who has watched and followed him.
You can follow Chris's journey over at: https://ot.rte.ie/leaders/chris-mcelligott/day-16/?view=full
Who knows, later this year we may see more of this from 'The Gaffer'...