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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA and Education Minister Peter Weir MLA join athletes for the launch of the
2020 Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games at Stormont

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA and Education Minister Peter Weir MLA join athletes for the launch of the 2020 Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games at Stormont

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA and Education Minister Peter Weir MLA join athletes for the launch of the 2020 Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games at Stormont

The Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games are coming to Northern Ireland for the first time.

Twenty-three athletes will represent Special Olympics Ulster at the Games.

A total of 180 athletes from across Ireland, their coaches, families, officials and 200 volunteers will arrive for the three-day Winter Games from March 20 to 22.

Athletes will compete in two sports - Alpine Skiing and Floorball. Skiing will take place at Craigavon Golf & Ski Centre and Floorball at Lagan Valley Leisureplex.

A Torch Run event involving members of the PSNI and An Garda Siochana will start proceedings, prior to the Opening Ceremony.

At the official launch yesterday, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: "We are looking forward to welcoming the athletes, their families, the coaches, officials and volunteers from across the island to what I hope will be the best Winter Games yet."

Education Minister Peter Weir added: "The important link between sport and education can never be under-estimated. Special Olympics Ireland offers opportunities for adults and children to compete and participate across multiple sports."

Belfast Telegraph