Cody Calls on Kilkenny to line out for Special Olympics
Will you Line out at one of the biggest sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities in Leinster in 2017? Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager Brian Cody is one of a number of local volunteers who are urging others to get involved. “This event would be similar enough to our own Leinster Senior Hurling Championship,” he said.
“Leinster counties will be going up against each other for the chance for their athletes to represent their club and county at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in 2018 with some athletes representing their country in Abu Dhabi in 2019 at the World Summer Games. Like our players these athletes train week in week out in their local clubs and to showcase their sporting skill we need the people of Kilkenny to volunteer their time on the 12th & 13th to ensure we host and excellent Athletics Event in our city.”
The Event happening in Kilkenny’s Watershed needs 100 volunteers to be recruited to cater for 155 athletes competing across 24 track and field events, including running races and various competitions in jumping and throwing disciplines over two days.
Special Olympics Leinster Director Annette Codd says: “You do not need to have previous experience in sports events just a willingness to help. From parking the cars, to making the cuppa, to recording athlete running times on the track, to measuring the distances in the field events, there is a role for all. We will have volunteers who are trained to run athletics events working alongside people working at the event for the first time. If you are looking for a new challenge for yourself, in your work environment, schools or club come along to Hotel Kilkenny.”
The information sessions will take place on Tuesday March 7th at 6:30pm and Saturday March 11th at 11:00am. They are open sessions where anyone interested can come along and see a short presentation and ask any questions they want about getting involved in Special Olympics in Kilkenny and perhaps meet some of the local athletes competing for Kilkenny over the two days
Special Olympics Ireland is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.
It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Special Olympics changes lives in so many different ways.
Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in.
Special Olympics enables them to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.
· This will be the biggest Special Olympics Event in Leinster this year
· There will be 155 athletes taking part
· 9 athletes from Kilkenny have qualified for the event (Niall Kenny, Adam Brennan, Maeve Quinn, Kate Whitely, Siobhan Logan, Therese Nolan, Gerard Byrne, Lucy Dollard, Diarmuid O'Flynn)
· There will be about 160 events over two days
Full list of events: 10m Wheelchair Race, Long Jump, 25m Assisted Walk, High Jump, 25m Run, Turbo Javelin, 25m Walk, Shotput, 50m Run, Softball Throw, 50m Walk, Standing Long Jump, 100m Run, Tennis Ball Throw, 100m Walk, 200m Run, 400m Run, 400m Walk, 800m Run, 800m Walk, 1500m Run, Pentathlon
There are 4 Special Olympics clubs in Kilkenny (Kilkenny Kats, Kilkenny Special Olympics Clubs, S.O.S Kilkenny and Alacantra House)
There are 119 Special Olympics Athletes in Kilkenny who take part in eight sports
There are 287 people registered as volunteers in Kilkenny