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Thursday 21 August 2014

Jane is taking aim for medal glory as Special Olympics opens in Limerick

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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Jane Curran of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, Killarney,  who will compete in the mini javelin and 800 metre walk with Team Munster in the Special Olympics Ireland Games.
Jane Curran of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, Killarney, who will compete in the mini javelin and 800 metre walk with Team Munster in the Special Olympics Ireland Games.
Members of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club who will be part of Team Munster in the Special Olympics Ireland Games. Front from left are Vincent Lacke, Antoinette O'Leary, John Paul Doyle, Emma Doolan and Ann Marie Ladden. Back from left are Jane Curran, Timmy Dan O'Sullivan, Pat Looney (Coach), Conor Griffin, Liz O'Connell (Manager) and Michael O'Donoghue. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Members of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club who will be part of Team Munster in the Special Olympics Ireland Games. Front from left are Vincent Lacke, Antoinette O'Leary, John Paul Doyle, Emma Doolan and Ann Marie Ladden. Back from left are Jane Curran, Timmy Dan O'Sullivan, Pat Looney (Coach), Conor Griffin, Liz O'Connell (Manager) and Michael O'Donoghue. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)

Athlete Jane Curran wasn't expecting to get much sleep last night as she is so excited about taking part in her first Special Olympics Ireland Games.

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For the past couple of months she has been putting a huge effort into her training and this morning is Limerick-bound to compete in the 2014 event.

Jane (40) is competing in the 800m walk and the turbo javelin, and revealed she only took up sport seriously two and half years ago when she joined the Kerry Stars.

Now the Killarney woman is part of the club's nine-member team that also includes Timmy Dan O'Sullivan and Michael O'Donoghue (200m run and shot putt), John Paul Doyle (pentathlon), Conor Griffin and Antoinette O'Leary (swimming), Vincent Lacke (five-a-side Munster football team), Annemarie Ladden (100m run and turbo javelin) and Emma Doolan (gymnastics).

They will be among the 1,500 athletes from around the country who will compete in 13 different sports as part of the games. "It's my first time and I'm very excited, and hopefully I'll bring back the gold," said Jane.

She's going to be cheered on by her parents, Pat and Angela, sisters Ann and Mary and other family members and friends. Up to 2,000 people will take part in the opening ceremony in the People's Park tonight following a parade through O'Connell Street where the torch will be carried by the Special Olympics Torch Run Team. The games finish on Sunday night.

Irish Independent

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