Saturday 18 November 2017

Medals, smiles, Irish heroes - The best pictures from today at the Special Olympics

Members of Team Ireland and Team GB gather for a combined team photograph after their nil all draw at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Members of Team Ireland and Team GB gather for a combined team photograph after their nil all draw at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Sean Coleman, left, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, with his Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, Bronze and Gary McEnroe, a member of St John of God Menni Services, from Tallaght, Dublin, who won Bronze at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Gary McEnroe, a member of St John of God Menni Services, from Tallaght, Dublin, after winning a Bronze Medal for the 25M backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, with his Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, who won Bronze at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Phildelma Coleman, centre, is congratulated by friends and family after her son Sean, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, had just won a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, and a winner of a Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, with his mothyer Phildelma at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, reacts on winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s John Paul Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, waves to family and supporters before competing and winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland's Anthony Clarke, left, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Leixlip, Co. Kildare, and his team-mate Thomas Caulfield, a member of Cheeverstown Special Olympics Club, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, with Andrew Hetherington of Team GB after a nil all draw between the two teams at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, reacts on winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, and a winner of a Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, with his mother Phildelma and his sister and brothers and supporters at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, celebrates winning a Bronze Medal in the 100M backstroke event at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Nathan Finney, a member of Sporting Fingal Special Olympics, from Ballymun, Dublin, in action against Matthew Dodds, Team GB, during a nil all draw between Team Ireland and Team GB at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The action is well and truly up and running in this year's Special Olympics in LA and Team Ireland are having the time of their lives - and winning some medals too.

Here are some of the best pictures from the action today.

Members of Team Ireland and Team GB gather for a combined team photograph after their nil all draw at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Members of Team Ireland and Team GB gather for a combined team photograph after their nil all draw at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Sean Coleman, left, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, with his Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, Bronze and Gary McEnroe, a member of St John of God Menni Services, from Tallaght, Dublin, who won Bronze at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Gary McEnroe, a member of St John of God Menni Services, from Tallaght, Dublin, after winning a Bronze Medal for the 25M backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland's Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, with his Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, who won Bronze at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Phildelma Coleman, centre, is congratulated by friends and family after her son Sean, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, had just won a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, and a winner of a Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, with his mothyer Phildelma at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, reacts on winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s John Paul Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, waves to family and supporters before competing and winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland's Anthony Clarke, left, a member of Bray Lakers Special Olympics Club, from Leixlip, Co. Kildare, and his team-mate Thomas Caulfield, a member of Cheeverstown Special Olympics Club, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, with Andrew Hetherington of Team GB after a nil all draw between the two teams at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co. Cork, reacts on winning a Silver Medal in the 25M Backstroke at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Sean Coleman, a member of Cork Special Olympics Swimming Club, from Youghal, Co Cork, and a winner of a Silver Medal - 25M Backstroke, with his mother Phildelma and his sister and brothers and supporters at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Team Ireland’s Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, celebrates winning a Bronze Medal in the 100M backstroke event at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
27 July 2015; Team Ireland’s Nathan Finney, a member of Sporting Fingal Special Olympics, from Ballymun, Dublin, in action against Matthew Dodds, Team GB, during a nil all draw between Team Ireland and Team GB at the Drake Stadium. Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles, California, United States. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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