Farewell Ireland Games 2018

After 4 days of non-stop action, athletes are travelling back to the four corners of Ireland with medals and memories galore, as the  2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games draws to a close.  There were smiles, tears and many tired bodies as the athletes, coaches and delegations boarded buses home.

Athletes competed in 13 sports and Motor Activities Training, including Athletics, Aquatics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Pitch & Putt and Table Tennis. 

A total of 2,144 medals (959 gold, 667 silver and 518 bronze) were awarded over the course of the four-day Games, with countless personal bests achieved by athletes from each of the five regions – Connaught, Eastern, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. 

Every single person who attended the Games in any of the venues will have their own stand out moments, their experience that sums up what it means to be part of the most prestigious sporting event of the year and to spend 4 full days with such inspiring people. In the words of President Michael D Higgins,

“you have embraced the expectation that you can succeed, aspire to live the life of your choice, have your voice heard, your talents respected and be defined by your skills and abilities”. 

Commenting as the Games drew to a close, Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland said:  “A huge thank you to each and every volunteer who went above and beyond their roles this weekend to make sure that our athletes had the time of their lives. And to our athletes, you are the reason for everything we do and it’s no less than you deserve, I hope you are going home happy and proud.” 

Photos from #IrelandGames can be viewed on Flickr