Day 7/12: World Winter Games Live Blog - March 20thMar20
16.30 Monday 20th
Team Ireland were in action on the competition slopes for the first time at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming today.
Six athletes came safely through their divisioning rounds - Caolan McConville, Lorraine Whelan and Sean McCartan took on the intermediate slope at 1138m altitude while Cyril Walker, Laoise Kenny and Niall Flynn skied at novice level on Slope Schwaigerhof. The Giant Slalom finals take place on Tuesday morning.
Team Ireland’s Floorballers put in vastly improved performances on Day 2 of Group Stages at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Ireland Team 2 rounded off the day with a 4-4 nailbiter against Argentina in Graz. The South Americans salvaged a draw with two late goals, but Team Ireland Coach Michael Lynch had nothing but praise for his side. “That was their best performance of the day,” he said. “These guys are all new to the game. They are improving and have taken away huge experience from this.”
Earlier in the day they fought out a close encounter with Germany before Lorcan Byrne netted a hat trick in defeat to hosts Austria.
Captain Thomas Caulfield added “I just want to thank the managers Michael, Mark and Michael again, and all the Irish fans and Irish Special Olympics athletes for helping us all the way.”
Team 1 had an encouraging day in the competition’s top division. They pushed Switzerland all the way in their second game with Clive Healy to the fore.Team 1 Results:
Ireland 0-14 Czech Republic
Ireland 1-2 Switzerland 1
Ireland 1-12 Finland
Team 2 Results:
Ireland 3-4 Austria 2
Ireland 3-4 Germany
Ireland 4-4 Argentina