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Backing Mary

•My name is Rita Lawlor. I am supporting Mary Davis in the upcoming election for president.

She was my gymnastics coach. She was very proud when I won the all-round competition in Special Olympics World Games in 1987.

She set up a gymnastics club in St Michael's House. It had no sports club before that. She is a very nice person and helped to change my life. She gave me the chance to travel and meet friends all over the world. Being a global messenger for Special Olympics and travelling changed my life and gave me confidence to speak in the media and I owe it all to her. People with intellectual difficulties owe a lot to Mary.

Rita Lawlor
Dublin 5

Irish Independent