On Tuesday, November 6, athletes from St Ciaran’s Day Service in Carrick-on-Shannon attended Wisdom Services, Cregg House, Sligo for an amazing event for Special Olympics athletes from Sligo and Leitrim, many with Intellectual and Physical disabilities.
The Motor Activities Training Programme event lasted approximately three hours but what was most significant for these athletes was that on this day they accomplished many a task that would never have been possible without the training of their dedicated carers.
Adjudicated by a lifelong volunteer as well as Sport and Recreation Manager at Wisdom Services, Caroline O’Hehir, the day was a huge success surpassing all the expectations.
The day began with the ‘Athletes Oath’ read by local lady Geraldine Harte and which really summed up this momentous occasion. It stated ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win’, let me be brave in the attempt ‘. The day’s proceedings then began. Events such as ball push, bean bag lift and ten-pin bowling forced the athletes to discard their disabilities and the pressure of an on looking audience to achieve their goals.
Special Olympics athletes from Carrick-on-Shannon Eddie Stokes and Michael McMorrow successfully completed their events and their coach Margaret Griffin was delighted with their performances and medal haul from the event. Medals were then presented to all athletes by Myra Merrick, Regional Director along with Fiona Murray from Special Olympics Ireland, in recognition of their fantastic achievements.
As always this occasion would not have been possible without the many volunteers; medical support from Deidre Kavanagh the Regional Medical Officer as well as students from Sligo Grammar School. Their support is greatly appreciated by all involved.
Further information and photos can be found on the Connaught Region section of www.specialolympics.ie