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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Civic reception honours Special Olympians

Niamh Keegan

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

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Special Olympians at the civic reception in County Hall

Wexford County Council held a civic reception to honour the county's Special Olympics' athletes who recently competed in the National Finals in Limerick.

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All 60 athletes and their families and supporters attended the occasion at the County Hall in Wexford and were applauded by all the new county councillors who were present.

Councillor Malcolm Byrne, whose cousin Bernadette Kennedy, from Gorey won a medal in Bocce, said he was delighted the county's Special Olympians were being honoured.

'I can think of no more deserving group to be recognised and we are very proud in Co. Wexford of their hard work and achievements,' he said.

The next step is to select athletes to represent Ireland at World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Annette Codd, regional director of Special Olympics. said it was a privilege to be the first sporting body to receive a civic reception from the recently elected County Council and said the athletes performance in Limerick was outstanding.

'Athletes took home an impressive haul of 90 medals, 54 gold, 22 silver, 14 bronze, and a number of ribbons,' she said.

Annette added that she looks forward to working with the Wexford councillors to build county-wide opportunities for sports, coach education and athlete training.

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