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Name and Position

Danielle Logue – Student Placement Event Organiser

Where do you live?

I live in Omagh but attend Coleraine University and study Leisure and Events Management

What did you do before joining Special Olympics?

Before joining Special Olympics I was an Irish Dancer. I have been dancing for 17 years and competed in many competitions across Ireland. I have won many titles that range from West Tyrone Champion to Belfast Champion. I have competed at the Ulster Championships and World Championships numerous times throughout my dancing career. 6 years ago I applied for the first ever Riverdance Summer School and got accepted. This involved staying in Dublin for 7 days and training with the professional dancers in the Riverdance troupe. At the end of this week I got to perform on stage with them to showcase a full audience including friends and family what I had gained out of this experience. This was the highlight of my dancing career! I am currently planning on achieving my Irish Dancing exams to become a teacher.

What is your perfect pizza?

Chicken and Pepperoni pizza

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Growing up I always wanted to become a professional Irish Dancer and travel around the world and perform in big stadiums with a full audience. However, throughout my experience at the Riverdance Summer School, although it was an amazing experience I also learnt I am a home bird and what some people may think is only a week it felt like a lifetime for me. This is when I knew this profession was not for me. As I was always into Sport from a young age particularly Cross Country and Track & Field running I always would have watched the Olympics and my attention quickly drew to big events and wanting to be involved in organising sporting events. Therefore, once I heard Special Olympics were offering a placement position for my course I knew this would be a great experience.


Club Of The Month

Belfast Wolves

Belfast Wolves has been up and running for nearly three years. We started out with more volunteers than Athletes, and are now pleased to say that it’s the other way around! Some of Athletes are veterans of Special Olympics, while this is the first Club for some, and has been their introduction to the world of Special Olympics. We train every Monday night, and our Athletes have not only shown great skill improvement at their sport, but are brilliant examples of sportsmanship, teamwork, determination, commitment and leadership. Our proudest moment to date has been the day when our Athletes walked away as Silver medalists at a Development Day held in conjunction with Special Olympics Leinster. We are currently working towards the 2021 Winter Games and would love to see our Athletes representing Special Olympics Ireland wherever it will be held. We only wish they had more chances for competition in their Area and Region, and our younger Athletes are in need of squad mates!

                                                                     



Volunteer of the Month
Colette Kelly


Tell us who you are and where you are from?

 

My name is Colette and I am originally from Downpatrick but now live in Carryduff. I’m a midwife and have worked in lots of different hospitals throughout Northern Ireland but am currently working as a community midwife. In my spare time I do respite fostering. I like to go walking and go on holiday when the opportunity presents.

 

How did you first get involved with Special Olympics?

 

It was in 2005, I saw an advertisement at a bus shelter asking for volunteers to support the Special Olympics Ireland Games which were coming to Belfast the following year. From there, I went on the website, registered as a volunteer and have been involved ever since.

 

What does your role as a volunteer with Special Olympics look like?

 

I am a medical volunteer with Special Olympics, I have been on the management team for several Ireland Games and work with other specialised volunteers to ensure all athletes competing with Special Olympics have the correct health checks, paperwork in place and care they need when being away from home.

 

In 2015 I got involved with a new Special Olympics club that was being set up in Belfast. I knew some of the other volunteers who were on the committee and we were excited to bring a floorball club to the city. The club is called Belfast Wolves and we run on a Monday night out of Loughside Recreation Centre. New members and volunteers always welcome.

 

My role in the club is treasurer, this was a completely new area for me and I have enjoyed learning the new skills required for this position. Just this week I heard that we were successful in a grant application I had applied for which was fantastic news.

 

What are some of the highlights of your time with Special Olympics?

 

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to travel to the World Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles. This was a brilliant experience and it was great to see the scale of the events etc.

However for me the highlights are much closer to home, the reaction of our floorball athletes when they score a goal is brilliant- the joy and happiness they express is heart-warming to watch.

 

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about getting involved with Special Olympics?

 

Go for it! Take a look at the Special Olympics website, once you see what goes on you will find it difficult not to sign up!




Athlete of the Month
Gregor Galway


Tell us who you are and where you are from?

My name is Gregor Galway and I am 18 years old. I live in Belfast and have been playing for Belfast Wolves since it began with a taster session in Queen’s PEC more than two years ago. I joined a Special Olympics team because I used to play hockey and Floorball is a bit like hockey except it's inside so we don't have to get wet. Now we play at Loughside Recreation Centre every Monday night.

I love EVERYTHING about our Floorball team and I would never miss training.

The coaches are fantastic and we would not be a team if they didn't give up every Monday night for us.

What are some of the highlights of your time with Special Olympics?

My stand out moment would be travelling to County Laois in September to play lots of matches against other teams. We came home with silver  medals that day so it was worth the long drive. Trim Castle gave me free admission the next day  because I'd been participating in a Special Olympics event.

What is something very few people know about you?

I am a big Ulster Rugby fan too and go to all of their matches at a Kingspan and sometimes in other countries.

A little known fact about me is that I am addicted to popcorn- once I start, I can't stop!

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

I say yes to pineapple on pizza- I love any type of pizza. 


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