Team Ireland enjoy successful final day at Austria 2017

Our skiers won two gold, a silver and a bronze

BY Simon Maguire 18:53 Thursday 23 March 2017, 18:53 23 Mar 2017

Special Olympics Ireland Twitter

Team Ireland have won a total of eight medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria after our skiers enjoyed a successful final day.

Our skiers have secured four more medals – two Gold, one Silver & one bronze medal as Lorraine Whelan from Co. Wicklow and Sean McCartan from Co. Down clinched gold in their respective divisions while Cyril Walker from Co. Armagh won silver and Co. Antrim teenager, Caolan McConville, took home a bronze.

Speaking on today's success, Team Ireland Head Ski Coach, Jill Sloan said: "Some of the guys have never been at a World Games before, including Sean and Caolan. Caolan, who’s only 13 years of age. The medals they have achieved are incredible. We can’t ask for any more. They have had an amazing time – it has been so much fun. I just can’t believe it – I cried buckets."

Commenting on her gold medal Lorraine Whelan said: My first run went really well. I listened to everything my coach said. The trick is to let the skis run and then turn and then use your poles at the end.”

Team Ireland will return home this weekend, arriving into Dublin Airport at approximately 2pm on Saturday 25th March.


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