If inspiration is in short supply, look no further than our athletes
Few tournaments better the social consciousness quite so deeply as the Special Olympics, finds Louis Jacob
Published 19/09/2010 | 05:00
A hard and grey September in Poland received a welcome boost of colour and enthusiasm last Wednesday morning, when Team Ireland jetted in for this week's Special Olympics European games in Warsaw.
I went down to Terminal One of the Fryderyk Chopin Airport to meet them off the plane. A crowd of Polish volunteers who had gathered to welcome athletes from 56 countries were banging drums and waving flags and giving each delegation a rousing applause as they entered.
One of the guys waiting for the Irish delegation was a Polish volunteer by the name of Andy Starosielec, who has been living in Dublin and volunteering for Irish Special Olympics duties for many years.