High hopes for Special Olympians
Ireland will hope for a medal haul in Austria after the Special Olympics World Winter Games team was announced yesterday.
Team Ireland will compete in two sports - alpine skiing and floorball - and will chase gold beside 3,000 athletes from 107 countries.
First-time competitor Laoise Kenny (16), of Monkstown, Co Dublin, lined up for training in Dublin after being confirmed as a member of the 26-strong squad.
Lorraine Whelan, an alpine skier who won swimming medals at the summer games, is also in the team.
Lorraine (26), of Greystones, Co Wicklow, said she was excited to represent Ireland again. She added: "I love being a part of Team Ireland and I want to bring home a gold medal."
Athletes from across the country will head to the Alps in March for the event, which will be the largest sporting or humanitarian event of the year.