St Patrick’s Day medal boost for
Green was the colour of
the day in Abu Dhabi as Team Ireland thrived on St
Patrick’s Day at the Special Olympics World Games
securing a total of 21 medals, including 10 gold,
eight silver and three bronze.
With Irish support in abundance, Ulster athletes
received 11 medals in gymnastics, athletics, tenpin
bowling, equestrian and bocce.
Coming up trumps for Team Ireland was Donegal
gymnast Patrick Quinlivan (36), who swept the board
and received two gold medals and five silver medals.
The Letterkenny athlete was awarded a gold medal as
all-round male, as well as receiving a gold medal in
the Pommel Horse event and five silvers in floor
exercise, vaulting, rings, parallel bars and
Special Olympics World Games in Abu
Dhabi on Sunday 17th of March 2019. Patrick
Quinlivan from Letterkenny, with his parents Angela
McGee and Mick Quinlivan, shows off his 2 gold and 5
silver medals that
he won in gymnastics.
Rounding off the day
with a striking success, Amy Delaney (16) from Derry
took first place with a gold in tenpin bowling, with
her fellow team mate Gemma Steele (25) from
Coleraine receiving a sixth place ribbon.
Commenting on an incredible day of results, Shaun
Cassidy, Regional Director, Special Olympics Ulster
said: “There’s no better way to celebrate St
Patrick’s Day than watching our Ulster athletes
succeed on an international stage. From Patrick
Quinlivan’s exceptional gymnastic performance, to
the personal bests we are seeing from our athletes
on a daily basis, we couldn’t be happier with what
they have achieved.”