The Ballinasloe Eagles Special Olympics Golf team had a successful day at the Connacht Special Olympics competition played at Tuam Golf Club on Thursday June 11, winning two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
The competition format was foursomes with each athlete accompanied by a golfer, success was just reward for the effort made preparing the team. All the golfers are special members of Ballinasloe Golf Club who are supportive and delighted with their success. The team is coached by dedicated club members who give of their time preparing this talented group for competitions.
The Ballinasloe Eagles members were Thomas Dillon (gold), Derek Kelly (gold), John Loughnane (bronze) and Patrick McDermott (silver) and their playing partners were Willie Ward (who played with Patrick), Cora Kenny (John), Helen Carrigg (Thomas) and Áine Lyons (Derek).
The Eagles Special Olympics was set up in 2003 to cater for local athletes with special needs – there are over 35 members in the club who are primarily involved in swimming, horse-riding, golf and bocce.
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