Day 8/12: World Winter Games Live Blog- March 21st Mar21
Medals for Team Ireland on the slopes!
Team Ireland have secured their first medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
Cyril Walker (46) from Co. Armagh took bronze in today’s Giant Slalom Novice finals, while 16-year-old Laoise Kenny from Dublin secured 4th place.
“It’s the best day of her life,” said Laoise’s dad Austin. “She cut her bends really well, picked up speed along the course and some good pole work helped her to improve her time at the end.”
All three of Team Ireland’s Intermediate skiers secured medals on the slopes at Schladming.
Lorraine Whelan (36) from Co. Wicklow and Caolan McConville (13) from Co. Antrim took silver while there was bronze for Sean McCartan (16) from Co. Down. Niall Flynn (30) from Dublin achieved a participation ribbon. McConville, McCartan, Kenny and novice skier Niall Flynn are all competing in their first Games.
Lorraine Whelan said the silver medal she claimed in her division was as precious as any she has won at previous Games: “I’m just over the moon,” she said. “I attacked it at the start, the middle and the bottom. Bring on tomorrow.”
The Team Ireland skiers move on to the Slalom competition tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd March).
After yesterday’s jam-packed schedule, Team Ireland had a quieter day at the Floorball competition in Graz with Team 1 having a rest day.
Team 2 had just one fixture in their group stage versus the Ivory Coast. With another large crowd watching on including Irish Ambassador to Austria Tom Hanney, Team Ireland raced into a two-nil lead thanks to Lorcan Byrne’s brace. A pulsating second half saw the African nation draw level, before Byrne’s brilliant winner 14 seconds from time sent the Irish fans into a frenzy.
Team Ireland coach Michael Lynch was ecstatic at the final whistle. “We’re over the moon, so excited. The team is absolutely delighted because now we have a chance of making the playoffs. If we get a result tomorrow morning we have a great chance of qualifying.”
Team Ireland face Bharat India tomorrow morning in their final group game.
Floorball Round Robin - Tuesday March 21st
Ireland 3-2 Ivory Coast