Some 66 Kildare athletes took part in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick last week as part of Team Leinster.
The athletes represented Kare Services, Naas Special Olympics Club, Shrewleen Special Olympics Clubs and Muriosa Service in Mooreabbey.
The athletes participated in the University of Limerick in athletics, aquatics, basketball, Kayaking , football, and the noncompetitive Motor Activities Training Programme, with others competing in the Tailteann Sports Centre, Mary Immaculate College in table tennis and badminton, in Ennis Leisure World in ten pin bowling, in Pitch and Putt Putt in Murroe Pitch and Putt Course and Golf in Tipperarys Ballykisteen.
Sporting legends like GAA’s Mickey Harte, Joe Canning, sport commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Olympic Swimmer Grainne Murphy, Rugby’s John Hayes, Alan Quinlan and Barry Murphy and Keith Woods to name a few were on hand to lend their support and present awards and medals to the athletes .
The Games began with a parade of Athletes through the streets of Limerick on Thursday 12, June with thousands of spectators lining the streets and welcoming the 1500 athletes to the city.
Out of these games 150 athletes will represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles 2015.
A huge thanks went out to the volunteers in the local clubs who week in week out train the athletes.