Co Armagh swimmer wins Team Ireland’s first medal in Special Olympics World

Olivia Quigley, a 24-year-old sprinter from Brookfield, WI, and a competitor at this week’s Special Olympics World Games, knows a thing or two about staring down the competition. The Special Olympics got under way with a colorful Opening Ceremony on Saturday night and will run until August 2.


This is a massive year for Special Olympics Ireland and its 88 athletes – including 12 from Ulster – who have travelled to Los Angeles to compete as part of Team Ireland at LA2015. Although most of the World Games athletes don’t speak English, their expressions are universal.

Speaking to The Irish Times, he said “Meeting all of the athletes and walking out amongst the Irish team is such a great honour – let’s go Ireland!”

“Coach Tiger asked us to bring a couple of letters of encouragement from people who are very close to her”, Bobo said. Even if we have to put off chemotherapy until I get back.

Johnston competes for the Ripples Special Olympics Club in Portadown while Coleman, 22, hails from Youghal with McEnroe a native of Tallaght in Dublin.

An Ulster athlete has won the first medal for Team Ireland in the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Following the competition, Tregarthen said she felt excellent and is excited to cheer for the rest of her fellow Olympians during the World Games.

Because of the large number of expected audience members, UCLA officials anticipate additional traffic at and around the UCLA campus.


The closing ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday at 6 p.m.

A group of runners including athletes and law enforcement officers carried the Special Olympics torch toward a crowd of about 100 people in Westwood Village on Thursday afternoon