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Magic day on slopes for special ski team

HIGH-speed fun is promised for special-needs skiers today at the Kilternan Ski Club of Ireland.

Up to 30 skiers with intellectual challenges will finish off the skiing season with a fun day of racing on the slopes at the popular south Dublin sports resort.

Ski instructors Kathleen Sythes (67) and her husband Eddie are leading a team of instructors.

Ms Sythes and her colleagues volunteer their time to provide ski lessons twice weekly for special-needs skiers from September to Easter each year.

And the Kilternan Karvers Ski Club has been very successful in providing members of the Ireland Ski Team at the World Special Olympic Games .

"The racing day is magic each year. Everyone wants to win a medal and there's always a great party atmosphere with lots of hot dogs and other food for skiers and their families," said Ms Sythes, who has been a ski instructor for 25 years.