Team Ireland Medal Count Reaches 67 At 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

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Team Ireland makes waves and breaks records on day five of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

(Athens, Friday 1st July 2011) Team Ireland was celebrating again today after another day of medal wins, personal best records and great sporting achievements in Athens.

In what was a fantastic day for the bocce team all three mens’ singles events resulted in medals for Ireland. Simon Darragh from Celbridge in Kildare and Oliver Magee from Lisburn, Co. Antrim won a gold medal each for their efforts while Kilkenny man Conor Ryan secured a bronze.

In the singles bowling event, Joyce Haughian from Newry and Mary Quigley from Tullow, Co. Carlow won gold in their divisions while Paul Bridgman from Cobh, Co. Cork won silver. Jonathon Griffin from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway came fourth in his event while Mayo woman Deirdre Garvin came seventh.

In equestrian Steven Yetman from Donaghadee, Co. Down won silver in the working trials event while Sally Duffy from Tallaght in Dublin won gold.

The women’s 5-aside team secured bronze in their match against Italy winning by a margin of 4 – 0.

There were plenty of celebrations for the golf team also with Patrick Donnelly from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone winning gold. Fellow team mates Michael O’Leary from Killarney, Co. Kerry, Laura Kelly from Oldcastle, Co. Meath and Denise Flattery from Castlegar, Co. Galway won silver. Gary Fleming from Monkstown, Co. Cork won bronze and Stephen Deignan came in fifth place.

In basketball the Irish women’s team overcame Italy by 24 – 16.

In athletics there was a silver medal win for Martin Mahood from Bangor, Co. Down in the 800m event and Rachel Ryan from Templemore, Co. Tipperary won bronze in the 100m women’s event.

In singles badminton there were bronze medal wins for Jacqueline Gault from Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim and Bernadette Kennedy.

In kayaking Galway man Ruairi O’ Toole took silver in the 500m event while Teresa Maguire from Portarlington, Co. Laois won bronze in the 500m competition. Shaun Bradley from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Celine Mulready from Dublin came fourth in their 500m events.

Wicklow woman Aisling Beacom took silver in the first Open Water Swim event to take place at a World Games, swimming a distance of 1.5 km in 35 minutes. Also in aquatics Ciara Trait  from Kilkenny won gold in the 25m freestyle event while Joseph Cullen won gold in the 100m Individual Medley.

The current medal tally for Team Ireland stands at 67: (20 Gold; 32 Silver and 15 bronze medals).

Team Ireland will be in action once again tomorrow.  To follow their progress or to leave a message of support please visit www.specialolympics.ie/athens<http://www.specialolympics.ie/athens> You can also download a free iphone App from the Apple istore which will enable you to track your local athlete while on the go. Team Ireland are proudly supported by eircom.

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