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Athletes race for place in Special Olympics Ireland Games

Over 150 athletes from across Ulster descended upon the Antrim Forum on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June, each competing for the chance to represent Ulster at the Special Olympics Ireland Games next year.

Some 158 athletes from 20 Special Olympics Clubs throughout Ulster came together to compete in Special Olympics Ulster’s regional athletics event.

During the two days of tough competition, participants took part in 26 events across both track and field, including 100m, 400m, shot putt and javelin. 

As well as aiming to finish top of their events on the day, athletes were also battling it out for the chance to be selected to take part in the Ireland Games in 2014, which could pave the way for them to compete on the international stage at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015.

Shaun Cassidy, regional director of Special Olympics Ulster said: "To see over 150 athletes from across Ulster come together for the athletics event in Antrim is really fantastic. The high standard of competition shown at the athletics event is testament to the hard work and dedication of each and every individual taking part."

For further information on the calendar of events, how to volunteer, or details of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Special Olympics Ulster on 028 9023 9023.

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