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Dean Rock – Put to the test

GAA star and Special Olympics sports ambassador Dean Rock plays his part ahead of the Ireland Games.

Some Ireland Games athletes, along with GAA star Dean Rock, had there acting and sporting skills put to the test yesterday during a promotional video shoot for the Ireland Games. The videos, which will be released soon, feature athletes scoring goals and winning races ahead of the upcoming Ireland Games in June.

The videos are a feature of the Play Your Part campaign, which sets to call on  volunteers around the country to team up with the Special Olympics and Play Their Parts in order to help the Ireland Games reach their huge potential.

Daniel Byrne who will be playing football in the upcoming Games, made his acting debut, kicking some impressive shots even under the added pressure of a camera tracking his every move. Dean and three of our fastest athletes payed little attention to the camera however, as they sized each other up ahead of a hundred meter sprint.

Special Olympics athletes share the consensus that it’s the ‘taking part that counts’, however when given the opportunity to show up a Dublin GAA star on the track, it is apparent that winning is always high on the agenda of our top athletes. The afternoon set the tone of the upcoming Ireland Games. The Special Olympics staff got a glimpse of the athleticism, skillfulness and competitiveness that will feature in the upcoming games, and soon so will you. Watch this space to hear the latest about the Play Your Part campaign and the Ireland Games preparation.

Help the 1600 athletes including those involved in today’s shoot, achieve their goals by volunteering.

If you are a resident of Ireland aged 16 or over and are available on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, then you can volunteer.

Check out the following link if volunteering in the Ireland Games interests you

http://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/

Training for the Ireland Games; Not Just Sport

Tara Toastmasters Group visit Special Olympics Eastern Region to give world class media training workshop.

Training has intensified on the pitches, in the pools and on the tracks but improving their sporting capabilities isn’t the only aspect of training for our Ireland Games athletes.

A public speaking workshop was held in the Special Olympics Eastern Region office in Abbotstown Tuesday evening. Tara Toastmasters, a club which aids the communicative development of individuals globally, began their talk at 7:00pm , giving tips and tricks to help athletes convey their  messages on camera and when addressing a group.

Competition was still high on the agenda however with a pancake flipping competition taking place in the office canteen just before the public speaking and media training began.

Athletes were also asked to discuss their training programmes and aspirations for the upcoming Games during an on-site camera interview, which will be released soon. Although  gold medals are part of the plan for all our athletes, Margaret Turely describes  the consensus that appears common across all Special Olympics sports that “it’s all about participating and not about winning”.

Margaret, along with the other athletes in attendance of the workshop, were shown skills revolving around their body language, volume of voice and overall demeanour when speaking publicly. A few of the Special Olympics staff were spotted paying close attention to the facilitators as they gave some world class advice and tips.

Some volunteers, along with mentors and parents were also in attendance, as it is likely that the cameras may swing their direction in preparation and also during the games.

Volunteers, athletes parents will put these skills to good use in June, when the 2018 Ireland Games commence.

Volunteering positions are still open for the games. If you are a resident of Ireland aged 16 or over and are available on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, then you can volunteer.

Check out the following link if volunteering in the Ireland Games interests you

http://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/

Training for the Ireland Games – 2

Eastern Region athletes pick up the pace as training for Ireland Games intensifies.

 

The countdown is on for our athletes as the Ireland Games draw closer. The first weekend of February marked one of the largest gatherings of the Special Olympics community in months, with 14 sports taking place across an incredibly busy few days.

Athletes worked hard to improve their performances in sports such as the challenging kayaking at the Salmon Leap Canoe Club, to the exhilarating equestrian which took place at the Cherry Orchard Equine Center.

The training sessions which were spread out across the 3rd, 4th and 5th of February also provided an opportunity for our hard working athletes to double up and discuss game plans and strategies. Newly established table tennis teams competed against each other at the Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin.

Golfers were practicing at St. Margaret’s Golf and Country Club and were shown a thing or two by Leonard Owens, a member of the Professional Golfers Association.

A huge thank you must go to Leonard and all other volunteers who helped create an electric atmosphere over the weekend.

If you are a resident of the island of Ireland aged 16 and over and are available on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, then you can volunteer to be a part of the 2018 games. Volunteers play a huge roll in the activities of the Games and volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Check out the following link if volunteering in the Ireland Games interests you

http://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/

Training for the Ireland Games

Ireland Games training is officially underway following an action packed weekend in Kilkenny.

The cold January weather has not dampened the spirits of our athletes as they kitted out in Kilkenny this weekend to take part in training for the Ireland Games. A large range of sports provided plenty of high paced activities creating an electric atmosphere in the Watershed Complex in Kilkenny City center. The bustling state of the art leisure center has a wide range of facilities, both indoor and outdoor, allowing the Ireland Games athletes to take part in athletics, badminton, basketball, football, swimming and table tennis.

Other nearby venues hosted adventure sports like equestrian and kayaking. Golf, bocce, bowling and pitch & putt also took place over the afternoon. Upcoming regional training days like this have been organised nationwide in preparation for the Ireland Games taking place in Dublin from the 14th to the 17th June.  1600 athletes are preparing to descend upon Dublin to represent their regions and clubs by competing in 14 different sports over the 3 day period.

2018 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Ireland Games. This is a huge milestone in the history of an organisation that has grown to give athletes all over Ireland a chance at reaching their sporting potential.

If you are a resident of the island of Ireland aged 16 and over and are available on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, then you can volunteer to be a part of the 2018 games. Volunteers play a huge roll in the activities of the games and volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Check out the following link if volunteering in the Ireland Games interests you;

http://irelandgames.ie/volunteer/