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Northern Ireland swimmer Sarah Jane Johnston clinches second bronze medal at 2015 Special Olympics

By Jenny Kirkham

Published 28/07/2015

Team Irelands Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh.
Team Irelands Sarah Jane Johnston, a member of Ripples Sports Special Olympics Club, from Lurgan, Co Armagh.
Team Irelands Sean Coleman, left, Sarah Jane Johnston, and Gary McEnroe.

Sarah Jane Johnston will be bringing home a second bronze medal after two races in the 100M backstroke and 100M Freestyle.

The 35-year-old has raised Team Ireland's medal count to four after just two days of the competition. One silver and three bronze medals have now been won by Team Ireland athletes.

Speaking after the race, Sarah Jane said: “I am very happy and proud of my performances and I am really enjoying the World Games.”

There was further success in the pool for Team Ireland with  Galway girl Lorraine Hession who celebrated a fourth place ribbon in a separate division of the 100M Freestyle. The 27-year-old also registered a personal best in the race.

Team Ireland aquatics coach Jennifer Hughes from Baldoyle, Dublin is thrilled with her team’s performance: “Lorraine and Jane swam really well today in two competitive races, I'm delighted with their performances and am really proud of them.”

A personal best was also achieved by James Meenan (20) from Dundalk, Co Louth in the 100M heats. Heats are continuing across the 12 sports featuring Team Ireland athletes, with finals due in gymnastics, bocce, athletics, badminton, and bowling among others.

The World Games run until August 2nd 2015. Team Ireland will compete in 12 different Olympic style sports. Their selection comes after four years of training and competition.

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