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Editor's Viewpoint: Inspired by sheer joy of our Special Olympics athletes

Editor's Viewpoint

Some of the most inspiring athletes in any field of endeavour will take part in the Special Olympics Ireland over the next three days.

Team Ulster will be among 1,600 athletes competing and the most successful will go on to represent Ireland at the world summer games next year.

It would be unfair to patronise any of those taking part. They may have learning difficulties, but train like regular athletes and their performances are exceptional.

Seeing the team just before it headed off for Dublin, it was clear these games are a highlight for those taking part and their sheer enthusiasm is a wonderful counterpoint to the cynicism existing in mainstream sport.

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