Coalisland Special Olympics club success

Coalisland Special Olympics club successYoung athletes from the Eagles Special Olympics Club in Coalisland have triumphed in a major competition in Derry by winning 28 medals.

The team managed to achieve a massive medal haul of 15 golds, nine silvers and four bronze medals from a possible 32 events at the Ulster West Area Advancement Games in the Templemore Stadium.

A total of 16 Eagles athletes attended the competition which also included teams from Roe Valley, Strabane, Carrickmore and Mid Ulster.

The event, which took place on Saturday, September 22, was the first on the road towards the goal of reaching the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.

Paul Sweeney, sports officer and head coach for the club, praised the team for their success.

He said: “This was a whopping performance from the fledgling club and they deserve the maximum credit for a sterling top-drawer performance.

“The team in general were fantastic, and that includes the volunteer team who worked their socks off from the first event to the last.

“Thanks also to the parents and supporters for coming out to cheer the team to victory.”

The Eagles members must wait to find out who will advance to the Ulster Championships in June 2013 at the Antrim Forum.

The Eagles Special Olympics Club was formed in late December last year and officially launched in April.

It aims to help adults and children over the age of eight who have learning disabilities to become more involved in the world of sport by encouraging them to take part in weekly training sessions, with the hope of advancing to the Special Olympics.

The club meets every Thursday at 7pm at Primate Dixon Primary School.

Email or join the club’s Facebook page for details on how to get involved


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