Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Special Olympics athletes show all of us how sport should be

Rhoda Nesbitt from Ballyclare competing

The achievement of all the athletes who competed in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick is truly humbling in so many ways.

Team Ulster came back triumphantly with 250 medals in their pockets, their reward for hard work and unstinting effort.

These are people who don't let their disabilities diminish their pursuit of excellence, a lesson that those of us more fortunate would do well to learn from.

But most of all the event was an example of how sport should be played.

There was none of the cynicism that we have come to associate with so much of professional sport today. Quite simply the athletes were trying their utmost, but taking part really was as important as winning.

Their triumph was in their performance wherever it led them, and in their joy in competing.

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