Hi, My name is Louise O'TooleJan23
||Hi , My name is Louise O'Toole and I'm a floorball coach with Team Ireland at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games. I started volunteering with Special Olympics in 2002 during my transition year work placement in the Brothers of Charity Services in Waterford |
While there I coached the ladies basketball team, four of whom competed at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin. Of course, I travelled to Dublin to support them and from the moment I entered the basketball arena in Tallaght, I knew I would be involved with Special Olympics for a long time. The atmosphere was electric!
In 2006 I attended the Special Olympics European Youth Games in Rome as head coach of the men’s basketball team
. That was my first experience as part of Team Ireland and I loved every minute of the training and games.
The 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai
was another fantastic experience: I went to the games as a coach/chaperone with the ladies’ basketball team
. The host town in China was absolutely brilliant – we did so many exciting things. As soon as I came home I wanted to go to another World Games – and so here I am. This time it’s a Winter Games!
Since I’ve been involved with Special Olympics, I have always coached basketball although I have tried my hand at some other sports as well assisting the volunteer coaches in Waterford Clubs.
|| My interest in floorball started when I attended an “Introduction to Floorball” session and I loved it from the beginning. It’s a fast paced, physical game – right up my alley! |
At the 2012 Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games
I coached the Waterford floorball team. Following on from that I applied for a position with Team Ireland
for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games
in South Korea and to my delight I was selected as coach chaperone.
Since May 2012 we have been training in our clubs including single day and weekend sessions
. We had our last session in January 2013 and now were ready for lift off!
It’s a huge commitment for coaches and athletes
to take part in a Special Olympics World Games but the experience is amazing
and I’ve no doubt South Korea will be the same.