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During the first week of November, Pobalscoil Neasáin student Seán Walshe will be representing Ireland in the World Cyber games; being held in Chengdu, China.
The World Cyber games are considered the equivalent of the Olympics for computer gamers.
While some countries are sending a few participants to represent them, Seán is the only person representing Ireland in the competition. Sean was spotted at a competition in the U.K in which he came third and was asked by organisers about representing Ireland in the World Cyber games.
Seán has been practicing hard but not as much as some of his competitors - he has to balance his gaming practice with his academic life at Pobalscoil Neasáin. He admits though, he is finding it slightly weird that his parents are now encouraging him to get on his computer rather than getting off it! Some of his competitors have been practicing 90 hours a week. The favourite to win is a Swedish teenager called Jesper Karjeleinen. The game results can be very closer with the winner often only winning by a quarter of a second.
We can track Sean’s progress on www.wcg.com. You can also view his personal bests of the game, online interviews etc on you tube by typing in Sean’s computing alias of Hotswat or Dignitas/Hotswat.
Pobalscoil Neasáin are very proud of Seán and wish him the very best of luck in his endeavours.