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Sunday 21 April 2019

Local athletes win three medals at Special Olympics

Aisling Beacom from Wicklow town proudly showing off her gold medal which she won at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Aisling Beacom from Wicklow town proudly showing off her gold medal which she won at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Myles Buchanan

By Tuesday afternoon Team Ireland had already clocking up 57 medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, with Aisling Beacom of Wicklow town winning a gold and a bronze.

38-year-old Aisling scooped bronze in the 1600m open water swim in her respective division, to a rousing reception from fans and supporters over in Abu Dhabi, including her mother Pam.

She followed that up by landing a gold medal on Tuesday in the 800m freestyle. Aisling is a member of the Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club whom she helped to form with Pam and is no stranger to the Summer Games. In the 2011 Games she won a silver in the Open Water event and a bronze in the 500 metres. The bronze she secured that year was Ireland's first medal of the 2011 games.

Hollywood athlete Padraig Reilly's bowling team finished fourth in the Special Olympics World Summer Games on Saturday. The team finished with a score of 1475 at the ZSC Khalifa Bowling Centre. He was back in action on St Patrick's Day in the singles round and was out again on Tuesday afternoon taking part in the doubles round.

Bray man Paul Condron (30) was part of the Irish football team who took bronze in the international competition, with goalie Paul proud to have represented his country alongside his teammates. Paul is from Ardmore Park in Bray and is also very well known in Greystones where he works in SuperValu. Paul's proud father Mick went out to Abu Dhabi to cheer on the sporting hero. The other local athlete keen to impress over at the Games is 18-year-old basketball player Rukky Atiyota.

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