Sunday 22 April 2018

Super games for local club

Tracy McAleavy makes a presentation to members of the Dundalk Special Olympic team in Aura Leisure Centre.
Tracy McAleavy makes a presentation to members of the Dundalk Special Olympic team in Aura Leisure Centre.

Olivia Ryan

DUNDALK Special Olympics club basked in the success of their ten talented athletes who took home a horde of medals from the games in Limerick last weekend.

The inspiring athletes, who competed as part of the Leinster team, took home a whopping 21 medals from the Special Olympics Ireland Games.

The cache of silverware included 11 gold medals, seven silver and three bronze.

'We really are so very, very proud of each and every one of our athletes who took part in the Games,' said chairperson Mary McElroy.

'Their achievements were simply inspiring, and their commitment to the training in the months before the competition was incredible.'

Preparations for the competition included ongoing training in Kilkenny, Navan and Dublin over the last few months, added Mary.

'For our swimming team, there were also monthly trips to the Curragh in Kildare for their training. So for all our athletes, the training has been very intensive.'

Among the big winners on the day were brother and sister duo Joseph and Margaret Smith. Joseph secured two silver medals in athletics, while Margaret won a gold and bronze.

Raymond Torris won three gold medals for his performance in the swimming finals, while renowned Special Olympics athlete Alex Teeling scooped a gold and silver medal.

Cillian Moran was awarded both a gold and bronze in athletics, while Peadar McArdle took a silver and bronze in his sport - bowling.

Noel Langtry won a gold and silver and silver in athletics, while Christopher Duffy took home two gold medals in the swimming competitions.

Rosemary Sheelan was awarded two gold and a silver medals, also in swimming, while Pauline Bromley won a silver in the assisted swim.

'This was a very successful games for all our athletes, who should be very proud of all they achieved,' said Mary.

She added that the success of the athletes was especially important, given the level of competition they faced.

'It was a very intensive few days for everyone, with 6am starts to get to their venue. But they showed how talented they really are, and dedicated to their sport. Well done to everyone!'

The Argus