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Eagles soar to success at National Games in Dublin

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Eagles soar to success at National Games in Dublin thumbnailMembers of the Eagles Special Olympics Club on arrival in Dublin on Thursday last as part of the Team Ulster delegation for the National Games.

THE Eagles Special Olympics Club arrived in Dublin on Thursday last as part of the Team Ulster delegation with just one thing on their minds, to have fun and do their best at the Special Olympics National Games.
The Eagles were represented in three sports across the Games and the first bit of good news came when Patrick Trainor was selected as Team Captain for Team Ulster II side.
In Bocce Richard Currie was entering into Ireland Games for the first time but got off to a flying start winning a bronze in the pairs.
On the athletics track at Morton stadium in Santry the bulk of the Eagles team were performing. The team performed well in divisioning on Friday and when finals day arrived on Saturday, the Eagles were ready to go.
Gerald Vernon getting the team off to a perfect start with a Gold in 10m Assisted Walk, Sammy Jo Sweeney was very unlucky to finish outside the medals in the ladies 200m final. Sammy coming fourth with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed athletes all within a second of each other.
In the field events Eamon Quinn picked up a silver in a tough Shot Putt final while his brother Paraic ran a brilliant 200m mens final and also got silver.
Over at the sandpit Eagles were showing off their skills with Daniel McCrory winning gold and Cormac McGrath picking up silver in the Standing Jump.
In the afternoon Sammy Jo was back out and picked up bronze in the Javelin while Paraic Quinn collected his second silver in the mens event.
News from the National Campus raised the mood with Richard Currie winning gold in the Bocce singles. Jill Clark was up next in the 50m run and took a silver medal with Seorlaith O'Hagan in 4th place with a great time.
Michael Duddy was second in his 50m final with Colm Rowntree coming in 5th. Michael bounced straight back by winning the mens Shot and picking up another gold for the team.
Colm too returned to the podium in the gold medal position in mens senior Softball competition. Gerald Vernon was also back out in the field in the afternoon and collected a good silver in Javelin and Cormac McGrath made it two silvers with a great 50m run.
The medals kept coming on day two of the finals with Daniel McCrory adding a silver to the gold he won earlier and then it was the turn of the girls on track and field.
Shannon Nixon and Seorlaith both had personal best throws in Softball which resulted in honest effort ribbons. Caodhra McCartan collected a silver in the Softball throw and went straight to the track to pick up a well earned bronze in a 25m run an event in which Shannon Nixon took the gold medal.
Eamon Quinn came 4th in a hottly contested 100m mens final. News filtered through from the FAI Pitches that Patrick Trainor had led Team Ulster II to a bronze medal place as well.
Jill Clark did well in Softball to finish fourth with team mate Erin Tierney taking a silver medal and Erin was at it again a few minutes later taking the gold medal on the track.
Wrapping up proceedings on the Sunday was the 4x100m relays and the Eagles athletes were again heavily involved with Sammy Jo Sweeneys squad finishing a brilliant second and the Quinn brothers rounding off the games in a very good bronze medal event.
All in all a fantastic four days which included a glittering opening ceremony on Thursday night with President Michael D Higgins and RTE celebrities Ian Dempsey and Des Cahill plus singing star Jake Carter and dance DJ John Gibbons.
The athletes were sad to see the games close on Sunday afternoon before they made the long journey back to Tyrone.
Club Head Coach Paul Sweeney spoke after the Games: "This was an amazing result for Eagles with lots of athletes and coaches making their debuts here.
"There are a lot of good athletes who didn't get selected this time around and there will be other opportunities so please stay focused within the programme.
"Well done to our backroom team but especially to our guys and girls on the field of play in all sports you were fantastic and did the club proud."
He added: "Enjoy the summer and good luck in the draw for Abu Dhabi."
Special recognition must go to the very hard working coaches for the effort and endeavor shown under sometimes difficult circumstances throughout the training camp, so well done Barry, Emer, Holly, Joanne and Kieran.
To the club volunteers who contributed immensely to the team success, big thanks from the club and to the parents and family members who supported the team both in Dublin and throughout the year, all have played their part in the end result.
The club also wants to offer their thanks to all those who contrinuted to the teams finances throughout the season as it took a lot to get the team to Dublin and to keep it running throught the rest of the year.
The football team will be off again this Saturday to Ballinamallard FC for an invitational day hosted by Lakeland SOC and there will be a celebration event held when the dust settles. They are also in the process of looking towards their summer road trip and details will follow.

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