Monday 22 January 2018

Over 100 athletes make waves in their qualifiers


ATHLETES MAKE a splash at Special Olympics Aquatics event

Special Olympics athletes showed off their Aquatics talents at a regional qualifier in the Sligo Regional Sports Centre

Over 100 athletes from Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath competed at the event in 10 metre unassisted swims, assisted swims and 15 metre walking races in the pool .

Commencing the competition, Claire Madden, Splashing Penguins Special Olympics club Sligo recited the Special Olympics athlete oath. 'Let me win but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt'

Competitors from Splashing Penguins Special Olympics Club and Wisdom Services in Cregg House-who train every Monday and Thursday evening in Sligo Regional Sports Centre- won a plethora of medals and ribbons.

Presenting awards to athletes on the day was Regional Chairperson Maire Allen, Shane Hayes from the Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership and Sligo Rovers star Rafael Cretaro.

Athletes and volunteers were delighted to have Sligo Rovers attend this event and many had their photo taken with Rafael and the FAI League Trophy.

Students from Forthill College in Lisburn who volunteered at the event were given tasks to perform at the event to assist the athletes in the competition. All students were kept busy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of interacting with the athletes.

Twenty pupils and three staff took part in a Hip Hop dancing session hosted the evening before by Sarah Middleton, a very competent teacher who helped them through a routine which they were able to perform - at the Aquatics event before the competition began.

Event Manager on the day, Maire Garvey paid particular tribute to Transition Year students from Forthill College in Lisburn who volunteered at the event; volunteers from Abbott, Teresa McCabe, competition manager and the many Special Olympics volunteers who helped out in the planning and delivery of another successful Special Olympics Aquatics event.

Well done to all who took part.

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