Thursday 14 December 2017

If inspiration is in short supply, look no further than our athletes

Few tournaments better the social consciousness quite so deeply as the Special Olympics, finds Louis Jacob

A hard and grey September in Poland received a welcome boost of colour and enthusiasm last Wednesday morning, when Team Ireland jetted in for this week's Special Olympics European games in Warsaw.

I went down to Terminal One of the Fryderyk Chopin Airport to meet them off the plane. A crowd of Polish volunteers who had gathered to welcome athletes from 56 countries were banging drums and waving flags and giving each delegation a rousing applause as they entered.

One of the guys waiting for the Irish delegation was a Polish volunteer by the name of Andy Starosielec, who has been living in Dublin and volunteering for Irish Special Olympics duties for many years.

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