Team Ireland’s winning ways at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games continued today with the Alpine Skiing athletes clocking up two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal between them.
Today’s competition was in the Giant Slalom event. In the Novice competition Stuart Brierton from Bray, Co. Wicklow picked up a gold while his team mates Katherine Daly from Dalkey, Co. Dublin secured a fourth place position and Rosalind Connolly from Portadown, Co. Armagh secured a sixth place position.
In the Intermediate level competition Gary Burton from Sallynoggin, Dublin won a gold while team mates Ryan Hill from Richhill, Co. Armagh and Lucy Best from Lisburn, Co. Antrim won silver and bronze respectively.
Speaking about Team Ireland’s performance today Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said “Yet again Team Ireland have done us proud on this prestigious World sporting stage. I am absolutely delighted for our athletes and coaches who have represented us so well here in South Korea. Such fantastic results don’t come easy and are the result of a serious amount of hard work and dedication, all of which stem from the weekly activities at Club level. It is wonderful to see that this preparation has paid off”.
The medal tally for Team Ireland currently stands at 10 – three Gold; four Silver and three Bronze, the previous medal wins arising from yesterday’s Super G competition and the floorball team’s bronze medal win on Thursday.
The Alpine Skiing Competition continues tomorrow. To follow Team Ireland’s progress at the Games please visit www.specialolympics.ie/wintergames