Irish skiers claim four medals at Special Olympics
Ireland defeat Ivory Coast, 3-2, in floorball competition in Austria
Seán McCartan, a member of Skiability Special Olympics Club, from Carryduff, Co Antrim.
Caolan McConville, a member of Skiability Special Olympics Club, from Aghagallon, Co Armagh.
Lorraine Whelan, a member of Kilternan Karvers Special Olympics Club, from Delgany, Co Wicklow.
Team Ireland’s Laoise Kenny, a member of Kilternan Karvers Special Olympics Club, from Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Cyril Walker, a member of Skiability Special Olympics Club, from Markethill, Co Armagh.
“It’s the best day of her life,” said Laoise’s dad Austin. “She cut her bends really well, picked up speed along the course and some good pole work helped her to improve her time at the end.”
All three of Team Ireland’s Intermediate skiers secured medals on the slopes at Schladming.
Lorraine Whelan (36) from Co Wicklow and Caolan McConville (13) from Co Antrim took silver, while there was bronze for Seán McCartan (16) from Co Down. Niall Flynn (30) from Dublin achieved a participation ribbon. McConville, McCartan, Kenny and novice skier Niall Flynn were all competing in their first Games.
Lorraine Whelan said the silver medal she claimed in her division was as precious as any she has won at previous Games: “I’m just over the moon,” she said. “I attacked it at the start, the middle and the bottom. Bring on tomorrow.”
The Team Ireland skiers move on to the Slalom competition on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there was a rest day for Ireland Team 1 in the Floorball Competition on Tuesday, while Team 2 took on the Ivory Coast, putting in a fantastic performance to win 3-2.
AS Alpine Novice Giant Slalom
Division M05: Cyril Walker, 3rd (01:23.48). Division F07: Laoise Kenny, 4th (02:38.87). Division Comb 1: Niall Flynn, Participation ribbon.
AS Alpine Intermediate Giant Slalom
Division M08: Caolan McConville, 2nd (03:40.71). Division F10: Lorraine Whelan, 2nd (04:34.79). Division M14: Seán McCartan, 3rd (02:41.88).
Team Ireland’s Alpine Skiing Team
Intermediate – Sean McCartan (Antrim), Lorraine Whelan (Wicklow). Novice – Caolan McConville (Armagh), Cyril Walker (Armagh), Niall Flynn (Dublin), Laoise Kenny (Dublin).
Team Ireland’s Floorball Teams
Team 1 – Joseph McCarthy (Cork), Brian McDonnell (Cork), Thomas O’Herlihy (Cork), Roy Saville (Cork), Lee Ryan Byrne (Dublin), Michael Minogue (Limerick), George Fitzgerald (Waterford), Clive Healy (Waterford), William McGrath (Waterford), James Upton (Waterford).
Team 2 – James Healy (Cork), Richard Moran (Cork), Lorcan Byrne (Dublin), Thomas Caulfield (Dublin), Matthew Colgan (Dublin), Stephen Lee (Dublin), Anthony Murray (Dublin), Raymond McClearn (Galway), John Paul Shaw (Longford), Patrick Tunstead (Meath).