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Ulster trio clinch medal success at Special Olympics

By Robert Jones

Team Ireland have secured their first medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, with an Ulster trio amongst the celebrating athletes. Team Ireland's youngest member, 13-year-old Caolan McConville from Antrim, took silver in the Alpine Intermediate Giant Slalom. County Down's Sean McCartan (16) and Cyril Walker (46) of County Armagh took bronze in the Intermediate and Novice Giant Slalom finals respectively.

Wicklow's Lorraine Whelan (36) scooped silver in the Intermediate Giant Slalom.

McConville said: "I went down the Giant Slalom and it was hard. I fell, but I picked myself back up and went really fast. I didn't fall on the last one, thank God!"

• To keep up to date with Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, follow Special Olympics Ireland and Special Olympics Ulster on Twitter, @SOIreland @SO_Ulster and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIreland and www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUlster and search the hashtags #TeamIreland #Austria2017

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