First time Special Olympic Athlete Declan Dowdall from Kilcullen scooped a gold medal in the Pitch and Putt category of the Ireland Games last week after he entered the games on a ‘spur of a moment’ decision.
The long standing Tesco employee, who has worked for the Newbridge store for 14 years, told nobody that he was going to enter the games expect his mum Maura.
“It was a spur of the moment decision,” said Declan (45) who is delighted with his medal. “I didn’t say too much to anyone. They knew I was going to Limerick but that was all. I have trained in St Brigid’s Pitch and Putt in Kilcullen on and off for a few years but not that regularly. My advice for anyone is just go for it and don’t put yourself under too much pressure. I took it easy on the day and enjoyed it. I saw it as a bit of fun and if you are not in you can’t win.”
Declan’s mum Maura said she was delighted for her son and also very proud. “To do it on the first attempt and first go is great,” she said.
Declan, who is very popular with all the staff at Tesco, was surprised with a cake in his honour last Friday to celebrate his achievement.
“I’m the number one fan of Luton Town Football club and I was thrilled this year when Luton got promoted back into the football league. I’m overwhelmed with my medal. I completed 9 holes and it was my first time in the Special Olympics. You could say I’m having a very good year.”