Friday 20 October 2017

Irish athletes check in for glory at World Winter Games

Aer Lingus cabin crew member Susan Keogan with Laoise Kenny, a member of Kilternan Karvers Special Olympics Club, from Monkstown, Co Dublin, and Cyril Walker, a member of Ski Ability Special Olympics Club, from Markethill, Co Armagh Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Aer Lingus cabin crew member Susan Keogan with Laoise Kenny, a member of Kilternan Karvers Special Olympics Club, from Monkstown, Co Dublin, and Cyril Walker, a member of Ski Ability Special Olympics Club, from Markethill, Co Armagh Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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They will wear the green jersey with pride - although Ireland's Special Olympians may need a couple of extra layers as they fly off to Austria to compete in this year's World Winter Games.

The delegation of 26 athletes is Ireland's biggest ever representation at the games - and the youngest skiier, Caolán McConville, is only 13 years old.

Events include skiing and floorball, which is similar to ice hockey but on a synthetic surface.

With 2,700 athletes from 107 countries, the Special Olympics World Winter Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2017.

Irish Independent

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