Hard hitters successful in regionals
SPECIAL OLYMPICS athletes showed off their Badminton talent at a regional qualifier in the Sligo Tennis Club recently.
Almost 70 athletes from Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Westmeath competed at the event in singles and doubles with 15 athletes opting to compete in Individual Skills.
Commencing the competition, multi sports athlete Gerard McCormack - Shuttle Stars and Rehabcare Sligo clubs- recited the Special Olympics athlete oath.
Competitors from Shuttle Stars Special Olympics badminton clubwho train every Monday evenings in Sligo Tennis Club- won a plethora of medals and ribbons.
Sligo athletes Jennifer Mulligan and Mary Kate Dolan showed their badminton talents in winning gold medals in their doubles match while in the singles event Peggy McDonnell took the gold medal with Julieanne Dolan and Aoife Killoran taking silver and bronze respectively in this division.
As the event coincided with Electric Ireland's unique fundraising campaign Powering Kindness, Sligo Rovers player Danny North attended the event to present medals and ribbons to athletes on the day. Danny explained that attending the event to present medals and ribbons to athletes and to have photos taken with the League Cup was his 'Act of Kindness' and that he was donating it to Special Olympics Ireland
Event Manager on the day, Roisin Cannon paid particular tribute to Transition Year students from Sligo Grammar School who volunteered at the event; Badminton Union of Ireland officials Muriel Moles and Tom McGrath, Ger Quinlivan, competition manager and the many Special Olympics volunteers who helped out in the planning and delivery of another successful Special Olympics Badminton event to that has taken place.