Special Olympics Ireland 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
This year is hugely significant for Special Olympics Ireland with the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games taking place in Limerick from 9-13th of June. In what will be one of the biggest and most exciting sporting events to take place in Ireland this year 1,900 athletes from all over Ireland will compete in 13 different sports in venues through out Limerick. They will be supported by 650 coaches and official delegates, 4,000 family members and a team of over 3,000 volunteers.
These Games are the culmination of a huge amount of training and dedication on the part of all the athletes involved and promises to be one of the sporting highlights of the summer.
Des Cahill- Sports personality and friend of Special Olympics Ireland
Des has been involved with Special Olympics Ireland for over 15years, when he says the games were a much smaller affair. At that time it was little more than a hardy band of people trying to improve the lives of their loved ones.
As a member of Special Olympics Ireland's Council of Patrons, Des travelled with Team Ireland to the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, where he presented a special edition of OB sport.
When it comes to supporting the fundraising drive, Des maintains that this is vital. There will be a whole lot of people to look after in Limerick with 1,900 athletes, 650 coaches and 3,000 volunteers. In terms of staging the event, this costs a massive amount of money, but it is vital to the athletes and to their families, who consider this an immense opportunity.
Lynn Conroy - Special Olympics athlete
Lynn, from Coolock in Dublin is competing in bowling at the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick from 9-13th June.
Lynn is also a member of the Athlete Leadership Programme. This programme provides athletes with the opportunity to explore opportunities additional to sports training and competition supported by a mentor. Athletes take part in workshops and training programmes in areas such as public speaking and presentation skills, volunteering, coaching and governance. Lynn was recently elected onto the Eastern Region ALP Committee.
Lynn has done a lot of public speaking on behalf of Special Olympics Ireland and visits schools to talk to students about Special Olympics.
Ciara McNeill - Special Olympics athlete
Ciara from Walkinstown in Dublin will participate in table tennis at the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick from 9-13th June.
Ciara also attended the 2006 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Belfast, which she said were great. She met lots of people from all over Ireland at these Games and had a great time. She is hoping that the Games in Limerick will be just as exciting and is looking forward to the atmosphere.
She is busy training in her club every week and also attends additional monthly training in Ringsend for the Games. Ciara loves participating in Special Olympics and says that as a result of Special Olympics she has met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends.
Ciara is also involved in the Athlete Leadership Programme and is working towards achieving her gold award. (The ALP programme also runs an award programme where athletes achieve targets and tasks. There are 3 levels of award - gold, silver and bronze). Ciara has already achieved her bronze and silver awards and is busy working towards her gold.
Special Olympics Ireland Collection day will take place on April 23rd.
If you have a few hours to spare and would like to lend a hand collecting, please contact by texting:
COLLECT followed by your NAME and COUNTY to 51444 (ROI) or 86122 (NI)
Further information is also available on the website www.specialolympics.ie.