The Wicklow members of Team Ireland who took part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015 in Los Angeles were honoured by Wicklow County Council with a Civic Reception in County Buildings on Monday last.
Team Ireland brought home 82 medals in total, amassing 26 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze medals, 41 placement ribbons and secured 31 personal bests.
Team Ireland was made up of 88 athletes, a 40-person management and coaching team, and 154 volunteers from across the island of Ireland. The event itself attracted over 6,500 competing athletes, who were representing 177 different countries.
Wicklow was represented by athletes from Lakers Special Olympics Club in Bray, Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club in Wicklow Town, Festina Lente Special Olympics Club in Bray, and Sunbeam House Services who are also from Bray.
The Wicklow athletes competed in a variety of different events including 11 & 5-a-side football, basketball, athletics, golf, badminton, tenpin bowling and equestrian.
The Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr John Ryan, said the Civic Reception was held to recognise the fantastic achievements of the athletes but also to highlight the great support structure that is in place for all of these athletes in order for them to reach their full potential.
He added that the volunteers were the backbone of the Special Olympics and without their commitment, enthusiasm and selflessly giving of their time, the clubs would not be as successful as they have become.
Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, followed by acknowledging how well the athletes represented Wicklow at the World Games stated: “We are very proud of how these athletes have performed at the recent World Games and are delighted to have them as sporting ambassadors for our county.”
Ms Laura Reynolds, of Blue Dolphins Special Olympics club, thanked Wicklow County Council for hosting the Civic Reception.