Friday 24 October 2014

TV stars show their support for Special Olympics athletes

Anita McSorley

Published 13/05/2014 | 14:55

Some 1,500 Special Olympics athletes are in training for the biggest sporting event in Ireland this year.

The Special Olympics Ireland games will be taking place in Limerick between June 12th and 15th.

Athletes are already training for the big event at locations around the country.

These include athletes at the Lisnagry Special Olympics Club, Annacotty, in Limerick.

Recently, two well-known faces paid them a visit to show them their support.

RTE presenter Kamal Ibrahim and TV3 presenter Leanne Moore joined the athletes for a training session.

They received fitness tips from the former Mr World, Kamal, as well as dietary and nutrition advice from Leanne.

Kamal, who ran the Great Limerick Run this year in aid of Special Olympics Ireland, was delighted to help the athletes.

“The 2014 Special Olympics Games are probably the most important sporting event to take place in Ireland this year,” said Kamal.

“These athletes are inspiring and deserve all of our support in their efforts. I for one know where I will be June 12th to 15th. Cheering on these athletes.”

Leanne also paid tribute to the 1,500 athletes taking part the games, and is proud her native Limerick is hosting the games for a second time.

“I think the people of Limerick have really got into this event and will be out in force to support all the athletes next month.” she said.

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Limerick on Thursday June 12th, with events commencing the next day.

Irish Independent

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