Offaly athletes win gold in world games



The Offaly contingent of Team Ireland have been blazing a trail at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

This is a huge year for Special Olympics Ireland and the Offaly athletes put in incredible performances and proudly represented not only their county but their country in these prestigious games over the weekend.

It was a great day in the water for 23 year old swimmer, Damien Breslin, from Clareen, secured a gold medal in the 4x25m freestyle relay on the first day of the competition.

While kayaking athlete, 17 year old Oisin Feery, from Tullamore, claimed gold in the 200m event and also went onto secure a bronze medal in the 500m event along with their team mate, Kilcormac’s Mark Sadler won gold in the singles tenpin bowling event.

This week, the Team Ireland medal haul is continuing to climb after more incredible days at the Summer Games.Team Ireland had secured a total of 14 medals (four gold, five silver and five bronze), by the fourth day of the competition in athletics, equestrian, kayaking, swimming and tenpin bowling events, bringing the tally of medals to 56 (20 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze) and counting as the games are set to last until Thursday, March 21.

Meanwhile, the Breslin and Sadler family will host a homecoming party to help them celebrate both Damien and Mark’s “absolutely amazing achievements” in the World Special Olympic Games. The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 23 in Dooly’s Hotel and will be a night of celebration and fun for all.

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