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Special Olympics: Sarah Jane Johnston so proud of stunning double haul

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/07/2015

Double: Sarah Jane Johnston with second swimming bronze
Double: Sarah Jane Johnston with second swimming bronze

Sarah Jane Johnston expressed her pride after producing a superb display to secure a second bronze medal in swimming at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

Talented Sarah Jane, from Lurgan, finished third in the 100m freestyle after collecting her first bronze in the 100m backstroke on Sunday.

Sarah Jane (35) said: "I am very happy and proud of my performances and I am really enjoying the World Games."

Team Ireland's medal haul has now climbed to four, with a total of three bronze and one silver. A total of 12 Ulster athletes are part of the 88-strong Team Ireland.

There was also success in the pool for 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 is thrilled with her swimmers' performances.

"Sarah Jane and Lorraine swam really well in two competitive races - I'm delighted with their performances and am really proud of them," she said.

Sean Campbell (Causeway Coast Special Olympics Club) from Coleraine was a member of the team that collected a sixth place ribbon in bowls.

Annita O'Connor (Carlow), John Rowan (Wicklow) and Michael Conboy (Galway) were also in the line-up.

James Meenan (20) from Dundalk produced a PB in the 100m heats.

Heats are continuing across the 12 sports featuring Team Ireland athletes, including finals in gymnastics, bocce, athletics, badminton and bowling.

Shaun Cassidy, regional director Special Olympics Ulster, said: "Our congratulations go to all the athletes and particularly Ulster's Sarah Jane Johnston who clinched her second bronze medal."

Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland, said: "The atmosphere in every venue has been fantastic and the travelling Irish support is certainly helping our athletes rise to the occasion."

The Special Olympics run until August 2.

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