Athletes to officiate at World Games

In addition to the athletes and coaches participation in the Games, Special Olympics Ireland is also represented by 15 officials. They will join other officials from countries across the world to ensure best practice of having international representation for officials and judging positions. The 8 Special Olympics Ireland officials will officiate the following sports:  athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, equestrian, gymnastics, judo and volleyball.

There are also  2 International Technical Officials who have been selected to travel to the Games. They are the final authority in the sport in relation to sports rules and the application of the general rules of Special Olympics. The two technical officials from Ireland will work in basketball and bowling.

There is also an IT expert travelling to support the host Local Organising Committee to manage and collate the results, a key role in the success of this prestigious sporting event.

We are honoured to have 5 athletes qualify to act as table officials in basketball. Philomena O’Hare, Andrew Byrne, Fiona Brady, Denis O’Gorman and George Fitzgerald are all fully qualified officials through Basketball Ireland and actively officiate at matches in Ireland, both Special Olympics and mainstream. They will be joined by fully qualified mentors who will support them during the Games.

It is an honour to have these athletes officiate at the Games, even more so when Special Olympics Ireland are only one of two programmes worldwide to have athletes selected to these positions.

It is testament to the dedication of the work and commitment of the athletes, club coaches, governing bodies and Special Olympics Ireland to enable the athletes to take on such an important role.


Best of luck to all the officials selected to officiate at World Games Abu Dhabi!

Athletics Pauline Nugent
Badminton Catherine Dolphin
Badminton Daniel Hurley
Basketball Mary Phelan
Equestrian Roseleen Barry
Equestrian Brid Keegan
Equestrian Shirley MacDermott
Gymnastics (Artistic) Liam O’Toole
Judo James Mulroy
Volleyball Pamela O’Donnell
Basketball Athlete Official Philomena O’Hare
Basketball Athlete Official Andrew Byrne
Basketball Athlete Official Fiona Brady
Basketball Athlete Official Denis O’Gorman
Basketball Athlete Official George Fitzgerald
Basketball Mentor Ronan O’Flynn
Basketball Mentor Deborah McArdle
Basketball Mentor Megan Garry
Basketball Mentor Mary Davitt
IT/ Games Management System Pat Doherty
Basketball Technical Delegate Bernie Priestley
Bowling Technical Delegate Elaine Twomey