Team Ireland today won a bronze medal in the floorball event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
This was the first time for Ireland to be represented in floorball at a World level competition event and it was clear from their performances that they were well prepared and ready to take on the world.
Earlier today, the team overcame Austria, 11-7, in the last of their pool matches.
However, they were then drawn against the same opposition at the semi-final stage and lost a closely fought game in which Austria just got the upper hand with a scoreline of 6-5.
Ireland had trailed by 5-1 at half-time but fought back bravely to score four second-half goals and almost steal victory.
Team Ireland quickly put any disappointment aside in the play-off game for the bronze medal, beating the host nation South Korea 11-1.
Reacting to Team Ireland’s success, head floorball coach Paul O’Callaghan said: “I am delighted for the team. Since they got here they have put everything they have trained for into practice.
"They’ve shown courage, determination and above all pride and honour while representing Ireland at these World Games.
“On a personal level, I am delighted and incredibly proud to be part of the first Irish floorball team at a World level Games.”
Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, said: “This is such a fantastic achievement for Team Ireland and I want to pay tribute to every one of the athletes and their coaches.
“They came here as a team prepared and ready to take on the World and that’s just what they did.
"They have been fantastic ambassadors, not only for Ireland but for the sport of floorball, and hopefully their success will inspire others to get involved in this exciting team sport”.
Competition in the Alpine skiing event will get under way tomorrow with six Irish athletes involved.
The Games will run until Tuesday 5 February.
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