By Eastern Admin on 8/25/2011 7:55 PM

Saturday 13th Aug saw the first Special Olympics Ireland Motorcycle Rideout take place.  Riders departed Garda HQ in Phoenix Park just after 10am and arrived in Wicklow Gaol just before 12noon were they welcomed by local Special Olympics athletes.

By Athens on 15/08/2011 16:55
Team Ireland Football athletes competing in Athens   Lining up before our final game vs GB

Our 1st Group match was against Turkey on Tuesday morning. We were all happy with who we were drawn against and we surely knew we could win this group and bring the gold home to Ireland. That Tuesday morning was hot and sunny. I didn’t sleep well and this was a really big match for us as we needed to get off to a great start to win the gold.

So this was it - the big one. We got our names checked off and from the stand we could see the Ireland flags waving. It was special to have so many friends and families to cheer on the boys in green. 

The match kicked off and in under 2 minutes we took the lead with a super shot that their keeper didn’t really hold on to and it went into the net. It was a fantastic goal from Ken that got us off to a good start. But then we were put under pressure and I moved too far out off my box as the ball came in. I should have gone down to save it but was too late as Turkey got in and knocked it right past me to make it 1-1 before half time. As we went in Paul said a few words and told us to try and get out there and win this match
 
When we went back out, Turkey started diving all over the place - even if you just touched them, they fell down so easily. Then we gave away a free kick from inside our own half. The ball was kicked right up over our wall. I came out but I should have done better with the ball and it just bounced right past me and went right into the goal. I was gutted at what had happened and let myself down as I should have done better.  

Then 5 minutes later I made another mistake and went out to catch the ball. It hit off my thumb and then my left shoulder and went right past me into the net so that made it 3-1 to Turkey. I made two bad errors and I just wanted the earth to open up and eat me. I let myself down and most of all let the team and coaches down. I should have done better and focused on what I was doing in goals.

Then we had a player injured and were to get the ball back under fair play rules. That’s when everything really went down the pan. Gareth stepped to one side for me to get the ball but then a Turkey player came in, took the ball around me and scored. Then one of our players got sent off when he pushed the referee for giving them the goal and when the final whistle went, I just walked away and didn’t want to chat to no one.

I just felt sick that I handed Turkey that game from two really dumb goals that I gave them. I went off and cried to myself. Everyone was coming up trying get the best out of the players but for me that was the gold medal gone for sure. When I got back to the hotel, I just spent the whole evening there and didn’t even speak to anyone. A few people came up and said not to worry about it, no one is perfect, and we all make mistakes every day in our lives. I was really hurting inside after what had happened but every keeper in the world has one of them days when things go wrong and you just have to bounce back.

Then Wednesday came and our next match was against India. We had to win this one as yesterday was a bit of luck in that the Aussies and GB drew 2-2 in their game so a win today would put us into 2nd place. We got off to a bad start. In the first few minutes, India scored a cracking goal. However we scored 4 goals before half time to lead 4-1. We were playing without an important player who was suspended for this match after his red card and we even gave a penalty away which they missed - blasting it over the bar.
 
Then we got a corner and from that we scored. Greg got onto the ball with his head to put it into the top corner of the goal and we went onto win 5-1 against India while Turkey beat the Aussies 3-0.

Thursday came and this was a make or break match for us. A win would surely put us in for a medal but lose, and we’d get a ribbon to take home. There was a very big crowd of people there with lots of Aussie and Irish fans. We were doing really well but then the Aussies took the lead. A few minutes later, we scored from a free kick - Ken again who ended up being top goal scorer in our team. We went in at half time 1-1. Then in the 2nd half I came on and I really don’t know what to say about the next Aussie goal but it was a fluke that just went in and I should have done better.  

However after 7 minutes we scored to tie it up at 2-2 and still I came off my line a few times to clear the ball away and was just kicking it anywhere. We were into the last few minutes when Ken got on the ball, took it beyond one player and then passed it into Michael who took one touch and smacked it right low into the bottom corner off the goal to put us into the lead 3-2!! I ran off down the field to celebrate but Paul shouted at me to get back and stay in goals
 
We didn’t know how much time was left and talk about waiting to hear that whistle. To my ears it was the sound of music! We were overjoyed and it was one of the best matches I have ever played in my life. When Paul came up to me and said you got the Man of the Match for that game as you came off your line so many times to clear the ball away, I was shocked. I was happy to get it but to me, 16 players and 4 coaches all got man of the match. We believe in each other and achieved something that we can talk about in years to come. It was TEAM - Together Everybody Achieves More. That’s why we worked so hard to be in with a chance to get any kind of medal. We went out there with nothing and now were coming back with a medal. I was really proud of myself and all the lads as after losing in our 1st match, we had bounced back to hopefully now bring back a silver medal.
 
We chilled out on Friday and spent most of the day with families and friends. Then we had an early night and I knew in myself that no matter what, we would bring the silver medal home. I knew that all we had to do was go out there and draw or win as Bangladesh had drawn 2-2 with Turkey draw so we were on 6 points with GB on 5 pts and Turkey on 7pts. We were hoping that India would do us a favour and win but they were a weak team. I felt sorry for them as they shouldn’t have been in our group in the 1st place. Denmark should have been in our group but that’s football for you.

On Saturday morning I was buzzing away to myself and I knew that today we would be silver medal winners no matter what. We got the bus up to the pitch, got ready in the dressing room and then the coaches had a few words with us.

We did some warm-ups, got a few photos taken and then made our way over to the pitch to get our names checked for the final time. This was like one big Champions League Group Stage match where the winner takes all. It was us or them for the silver and then the game was on.

I was down where the Irish fans were shouting and cheering us on and I really did super well in the 1st half, pulling 2 saves off and coming off my line again. At half time it was 0-0. So just under 25 minutes to go and we would win the silver if we just drew with them.

In the 2nd half we stepped it up a bit and GB didn’t know what hit them. They just struggled to get into the match. Then Adrian Clarke came onto the pitch and within 5 minutes, ran down the wing, and hit the ball nicely from outside the box. It dipped right over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net - Ole, Ole eat your heart out Ray ……. The man from Donegal scores a wonder goal out of the blue! The Irish fans were jumping up and down and going mad! We were in the lead now and all we had to do was hold them off and we would win.

With 8 minutes to go, we gave a penalty away and I went to my right side but couldn’t save it so GB scored to make it 1-1. All I wanted now was for the referee to blow his whistle and end the game 1-1. It felt so long. I was going nuts and kept coming off my line but also I didn’t want to make any mistake that could cost us the game.
Finally I heard the sound of the final whistle and it was music to my ears. We were jumping all around, going mad. Now I had a new silver medal in my hands and no-one was going to take that away from me or the rest of the 15 lads that came from the five parts of Ireland to be here

 
With the lads from Donegal after our final match   All the lads with our coaches after winning our silver medals

You can’t win every thing in your life time, all you can do is your best and there has to be winners and runners-up. For me being in my 3rd World Games I am proud to be going home for the 2nd time with a medal that I can hang up on my wall with my Ireland jersey. The funny thing is I am going backwards as I already had a gold medal, now have a silver medal so maybe in 4 years time I might bring back a bronze medal!!? That Sunday we met up with the other nations and we got our 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games silver medals.

I would like to say a special thanks to our Irish fans, families, Matt English who was a great support, friends and everyone else on Team Ireland who believed in us and helped us to bring the silver medal home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Oliver Michael Boyle,
11 A side football team

By Athens on 15/08/2011 16:46

On Sunday morning we got the bus to this place called Apilion Panionios Training Centre which was up in the mountains. It had two grass pitches and 1 astro pitch. We got our gear on but unfortunately I forgot my shin pads - luckily one of the other guys had a spare pair with him. We had a big team talk where Paul, our head coach, said a few words and Gareth was named captain of the team. I was really proud of him and Greg was named 2nd captain.
So everyone of us was proud of the two guys and no matter what or how tired I was, all I had to do was focus on this 15 minute match. After doing our warm-up, we walked out onto the pitch against Denmark who looked like a pretty alright team. Then this was it - here I was in the goals as the Ireland goalkeeper and I had to do my best. 

Oliver Boyle at Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011   The whistle blew and the game was on. We were doing ok in the first 5 minutes but then we were making silly passes, gave the ball away and next thing, Denmark were on the ball and from outside our own box one of  their players hit a rocket at me. This one was going into the top corner of the goal and out of the blue I made a one handed save. I came crashing down on the ground and I didn’t really know where the ball was. Lucky enough my teammate put the ball out for a corner. From there on I pulled off another good save and was lucky I didn’t get my head kicked off in the middle of it when I was coming down for the ball.

Then we made a mistake in the back line and the ball got into our box. I went down and it passed right across from me. For me and the guys, it was off-side but it didn’t matter as Denmark went onto score and we lost the match 1-0.
 
There wasn’t much we could do in that 15 minutes. We could maybe have walked out with a draw but that’s football - anything can happen and all it takes is just 1 chance and the ball is in the back of the net. So we all had a team meeting to sort out a few things and then the next game was against the Greece B team. I was dropped off the team for this one as Paul had to give everyone a chance to play. I didn’t come on till the last 5 minutes but we won that game 1-0 with a goal by Hughie Sweeney. Finally after so many years, he got his 1st goal! So that was our last match of the day and then we were taken back to our hotel. We had some lunch and then we slept for a few hours before heading down for dinner. I was knackered after a very long day with just a few hours sleep the night before.
 
On Monday morning I was feeling much better after a good night’s sleep and everyone was in good form and ready to do whatever they had to do. Before we came out of the dressing room at the football pitch, some players were picked to be captain for these wee divisioning matches, before Gareth and Greg would take over for the big games in our group. So that day it was me being named as captain and I was shocked as to me I wasn’t there for the captain’s armband! I just wanted to play football. I’m not much of a leader but I stepped up and did my bit like any other Irish player would do and lead the team out onto the pitch where we were playing an Indian team called Bangladesh.

They were not a bad team but in no time we took the lead and scored. Then I came running off my line but stupidly didn’t shout “keeper’s ball” and I ended up hurting me, Adrian and one of their players. I was taken off but I was fine. After that my hand was a bit sore and I had to stay in with a nurse for an hour so they could keep an eye on me as I had hit my head as well
 
We then played the Greek C team (they had 3 teams in this football tournament) and I got on for the last few minutes. We won 1-0 in that game so we now had two wins with two goals and none let in - a great day all round. We headed back to the hotel and Hughie’s family and Mario’s mum were there to meet us all. It was a nice surprise and great to see friends from home.
 
We all then headed up to our rooms and chilled out for an hour before coming down for dinner that evening. Afterwards we found out who we would be up against in the Group stages where the winner takes all. We were in group B with Great Britain, Turkey, Australia and India

By Athens on 15/08/2011 16:42

We all got ready in our green Ireland tops and shorts and made our way up to the gate to wait for our bus - this was it, the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Games. We were dropped off by our bus near to the government building and walked from there to the area where we would have to wait before the ceremony.

We all jumped into get a team photo and it was kind of funny as everyone was pulling cameras out and a few people from other countries came up to take a photo of our team - pretty cool!! I helped our Head Coach Paul to bring some water up for the lads and then we got some food after 6pm. We were the 1st group there and when the rest of Team Ireland landed it was great to see every one.
 
I then went with one of our coaches John into this wonderful yellow and white building. We just went for a wander about and it was amazing inside it. There were so many other nations there too and as we were coming back, a girl from Colombia came up and gave me a wrist band of her colours. Luckily I had two Ireland pin badges left and I got a photo taken with her. It was really great as there were so many people walking about trying to get whatever badges they could from other nations
 
I then got back to our team and a few lads asked me to help them with getting their badges changed for different ones. I even helped one of our own medics to get a USA medic badge! I got one before when I was at our host town in Rhodes and gave that one away as I wasn’t really into badges but didn’t mind swapping them to help out others. So I went for a walk down to where the whole USA team was and along the way so many other countries came up asking for Irish badges. I only had the one left and was keeping it to swap it for a USA medic one. I had to pop from one USA person to the next one until finally I found my medic friend from Rhodes and got the badge I wanted. I was over the moon and so was our Irish medic when she saw me sticking it on her dog tag! My day was turning out to be a pretty good one.
 
After a while, the singing started and we had so much fun with Team Ireland singing all kinds of Irish songs. The Ecuador Special Olympics Team was next door in area 51 and they started singing too - we even got some video of it. After 2 hrs being there, we got into our group and started to move along with the other nations. We had to stop a few times as there were so many nations. Then a few famous people came down to see us and I got a few photos including one with Irish Rugby legend Keith Wood and Mary Davis from Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia who is running to be the next president of Ireland and I really hope she does get it!

Finally we got moving again and then we were standing right behind the big stage and this big blue pole going right up into the sky. This was it - the big one! We started walking slowly into the stadium at the Opening of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in. It was hard to take photos as we were just waving to so many people who waved back as we walked down this big long black foot path that was part of the stage. It had volunteers to the right and left the whole way along who were shaking our hands and giving High 5’s.
 
It was so amazing and there was a great buzz in the air. I was glad to be here and be a part of the amazing team that had traveled from Ireland. The new guys who had never been at a World Games before were shocked and over the moon to be at a World Games for the 1st time in their lives. We were then taken around to our right and got seated on some stone benches that the Greeks built so many years ago. The stadium was like a big horseshoe and we could see all other nations from where we were sitting. Some of our coaches were trying to get a Mexican wave going. We tried about 7 times, just us and 3 other nations, but it was too hard to get everyone to do it. When the final nations came in, it was coming up to at least 11pm and it was going to be one late night for sure.
 
Then there were a few guest speakers, including that woman from Desperate Housewives, Vanessa Williams who looked wonderful up on stage. There were so many things happening that night at the Opening Ceremony but the most amazing thing of all was the lights with so many different colours from blue, red, green, and white - it was like being at home on Christmas Day and was wonderful to see. They also did this big boat thing and there were 100s of people out on stage being the sea and people flying through the air. Then Stevie Wonder came on stage and sang for us! It was truly amazing to see him sing and he got all the people to sing along with one of his songs.
 
I was looking forward to seeing the Flame of Hope being lit and it started with these guys who came out holding wee small flame torches that looked amazing when the whole stadium went black for a few minutes. Then all I could see was a Greek athlete running up the steps and around to his left where he passed the torch onto the next athlete, and then onward to the next one. Finally it came onto the stage that we had walked in on and another Greek athlete ran down through the middle of the stage and came to a stop about 15 yards or less from where we were sitting. All I could see was the athlete bringing the torch down onto this white line, and from there it shot right up the line and with a bang, the flames started to come out of the big torch that was on top of the stadium. For me it was totally amazing to be there with Team Ireland and my friends and the rest of the world.  There were a few fireworks and that was it. The Opening of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens had been a great evening that I will never forget.
 

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By Eastern Admin on 8/25/2011 7:55 PM

Saturday 13th Aug saw the first Special Olympics Ireland Motorcycle Rideout take place.  Riders departed Garda HQ in Phoenix Park just after 10am and arrived in Wicklow Gaol just before 12noon were they welcomed by local Special Olympics athletes.

By Athens on 15/08/2011 16:55
Team Ireland Football athletes competing in Athens   Lining up before our final game vs GB

Our 1st Group match was against Turkey on Tuesday morning. We were all happy with who we were drawn against and we surely knew we could win this group and bring the gold home to Ireland. That Tuesday morning was hot and sunny. I didn’t sleep well and this was a really big match for us as we needed to get off to a great start to win the gold.

So this was it - the big one. We got our names checked off and from the stand we could see the Ireland flags waving. It was special to have so many friends and families to cheer on the boys in green. 

The match kicked off and in under 2 minutes we took the lead with a super shot that their keeper didn’t really hold on to and it went into the net. It was a fantastic goal from Ken that got us off to a good start. But then we were put under pressure and I moved too far out off my box as the ball came in. I should have gone down to save it but was too late as Turkey got in and knocked it right past me to make it 1-1 before half time. As we went in Paul said a few words and told us to try and get out there and win this match
 
When we went back out, Turkey started diving all over the place - even if you just touched them, they fell down so easily. Then we gave away a free kick from inside our own half. The ball was kicked right up over our wall. I came out but I should have done better with the ball and it just bounced right past me and went right into the goal. I was gutted at what had happened and let myself down as I should have done better.  

Then 5 minutes later I made another mistake and went out to catch the ball. It hit off my thumb and then my left shoulder and went right past me into the net so that made it 3-1 to Turkey. I made two bad errors and I just wanted the earth to open up and eat me. I let myself down and most of all let the team and coaches down. I should have done better and focused on what I was doing in goals.

Then we had a player injured and were to get the ball back under fair play rules. That’s when everything really went down the pan. Gareth stepped to one side for me to get the ball but then a Turkey player came in, took the ball around me and scored. Then one of our players got sent off when he pushed the referee for giving them the goal and when the final whistle went, I just walked away and didn’t want to chat to no one.

I just felt sick that I handed Turkey that game from two really dumb goals that I gave them. I went off and cried to myself. Everyone was coming up trying get the best out of the players but for me that was the gold medal gone for sure. When I got back to the hotel, I just spent the whole evening there and didn’t even speak to anyone. A few people came up and said not to worry about it, no one is perfect, and we all make mistakes every day in our lives. I was really hurting inside after what had happened but every keeper in the world has one of them days when things go wrong and you just have to bounce back.

Then Wednesday came and our next match was against India. We had to win this one as yesterday was a bit of luck in that the Aussies and GB drew 2-2 in their game so a win today would put us into 2nd place. We got off to a bad start. In the first few minutes, India scored a cracking goal. However we scored 4 goals before half time to lead 4-1. We were playing without an important player who was suspended for this match after his red card and we even gave a penalty away which they missed - blasting it over the bar.
 
Then we got a corner and from that we scored. Greg got onto the ball with his head to put it into the top corner of the goal and we went onto win 5-1 against India while Turkey beat the Aussies 3-0.

Thursday came and this was a make or break match for us. A win would surely put us in for a medal but lose, and we’d get a ribbon to take home. There was a very big crowd of people there with lots of Aussie and Irish fans. We were doing really well but then the Aussies took the lead. A few minutes later, we scored from a free kick - Ken again who ended up being top goal scorer in our team. We went in at half time 1-1. Then in the 2nd half I came on and I really don’t know what to say about the next Aussie goal but it was a fluke that just went in and I should have done better.  

However after 7 minutes we scored to tie it up at 2-2 and still I came off my line a few times to clear the ball away and was just kicking it anywhere. We were into the last few minutes when Ken got on the ball, took it beyond one player and then passed it into Michael who took one touch and smacked it right low into the bottom corner off the goal to put us into the lead 3-2!! I ran off down the field to celebrate but Paul shouted at me to get back and stay in goals
 
We didn’t know how much time was left and talk about waiting to hear that whistle. To my ears it was the sound of music! We were overjoyed and it was one of the best matches I have ever played in my life. When Paul came up to me and said you got the Man of the Match for that game as you came off your line so many times to clear the ball away, I was shocked. I was happy to get it but to me, 16 players and 4 coaches all got man of the match. We believe in each other and achieved something that we can talk about in years to come. It was TEAM - Together Everybody Achieves More. That’s why we worked so hard to be in with a chance to get any kind of medal. We went out there with nothing and now were coming back with a medal. I was really proud of myself and all the lads as after losing in our 1st match, we had bounced back to hopefully now bring back a silver medal.
 
We chilled out on Friday and spent most of the day with families and friends. Then we had an early night and I knew in myself that no matter what, we would bring the silver medal home. I knew that all we had to do was go out there and draw or win as Bangladesh had drawn 2-2 with Turkey draw so we were on 6 points with GB on 5 pts and Turkey on 7pts. We were hoping that India would do us a favour and win but they were a weak team. I felt sorry for them as they shouldn’t have been in our group in the 1st place. Denmark should have been in our group but that’s football for you.

On Saturday morning I was buzzing away to myself and I knew that today we would be silver medal winners no matter what. We got the bus up to the pitch, got ready in the dressing room and then the coaches had a few words with us.

We did some warm-ups, got a few photos taken and then made our way over to the pitch to get our names checked for the final time. This was like one big Champions League Group Stage match where the winner takes all. It was us or them for the silver and then the game was on.

I was down where the Irish fans were shouting and cheering us on and I really did super well in the 1st half, pulling 2 saves off and coming off my line again. At half time it was 0-0. So just under 25 minutes to go and we would win the silver if we just drew with them.

In the 2nd half we stepped it up a bit and GB didn’t know what hit them. They just struggled to get into the match. Then Adrian Clarke came onto the pitch and within 5 minutes, ran down the wing, and hit the ball nicely from outside the box. It dipped right over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net - Ole, Ole eat your heart out Ray ……. The man from Donegal scores a wonder goal out of the blue! The Irish fans were jumping up and down and going mad! We were in the lead now and all we had to do was hold them off and we would win.

With 8 minutes to go, we gave a penalty away and I went to my right side but couldn’t save it so GB scored to make it 1-1. All I wanted now was for the referee to blow his whistle and end the game 1-1. It felt so long. I was going nuts and kept coming off my line but also I didn’t want to make any mistake that could cost us the game.
Finally I heard the sound of the final whistle and it was music to my ears. We were jumping all around, going mad. Now I had a new silver medal in my hands and no-one was going to take that away from me or the rest of the 15 lads that came from the five parts of Ireland to be here

 
With the lads from Donegal after our final match   All the lads with our coaches after winning our silver medals

You can’t win every thing in your life time, all you can do is your best and there has to be winners and runners-up. For me being in my 3rd World Games I am proud to be going home for the 2nd time with a medal that I can hang up on my wall with my Ireland jersey. The funny thing is I am going backwards as I already had a gold medal, now have a silver medal so maybe in 4 years time I might bring back a bronze medal!!? That Sunday we met up with the other nations and we got our 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games silver medals.

I would like to say a special thanks to our Irish fans, families, Matt English who was a great support, friends and everyone else on Team Ireland who believed in us and helped us to bring the silver medal home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Oliver Michael Boyle,
11 A side football team

By Athens on 15/08/2011 16:46

On Sunday morning we got the bus to this place called Apilion Panionios Training Centre which was up in the mountains. It had two grass pitches and 1 astro pitch. We got our gear on but unfortunately I forgot my shin pads - luckily one of the other guys had a spare pair with him. We had a big team talk where Paul, our head coach, said a few words and Gareth was named captain of the team. I was really proud of him and Greg was named 2nd captain.
So everyone of us was proud of the two guys and no matter what or how tired I was, all I had to do was focus on this 15 minute match. After doing our warm-up, we walked out onto the pitch against Denmark who looked like a pretty alright team. Then this was it - here I was in the goals as the Ireland goalkeeper and I had to do my best. 

Oliver Boyle at Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011   The whistle blew and the game was on. We were doing ok in the first 5 minutes but then we were making silly passes, gave the ball away and next thing, Denmark were on the ball and from outside our own box one of  their players hit a rocket at me. This one was going into the top corner of the goal and out of the blue I made a one handed save. I came crashing down on the ground and I didn’t really know where the ball was. Lucky enough my teammate put the ball out for a corner. From there on I pulled off another good save and was lucky I didn’t get my head kicked off in the middle of it when I was coming down for the ball.

Then we made a mistake in the back line and the ball got into our box. I went down and it passed right across from me. For me and the guys, it was off-side but it didn’t matter as Denmark went onto score and we lost the match 1-0.
 
There wasn’t much we could do in that 15 minutes. We could maybe have walked out with a draw but that’s football - anything can happen and all it takes is just 1 chance and the ball is in the back of the net. So we all had a team meeting to sort out a few things and then the next game was against the Greece B team. I was dropped off the team for this one as Paul had to give everyone a chance to play. I didn’t come on till the last 5 minutes but we won that game 1-0 with a goal by Hughie Sweeney. Finally after so many years, he got his 1st goal! So that was our last match of the day and then we were taken back to our hotel. We had some lunch and then we slept for a few hours before heading down for dinner. I was knackered after a very long day with just a few hours sleep the night before.
 
On Monday morning I was feeling much better after a good night’s sleep and everyone was in good form and ready to do whatever they had to do. Before we came out of the dressing room at the football pitch, some players were picked to be captain for these wee divisioning matches, before Gareth and Greg would take over for the big games in our group. So that day it was me being named as captain and I was shocked as to me I wasn’t there for the captain’s armband! I just wanted to play football. I’m not much of a leader but I stepped up and did my bit like any other Irish player would do and lead the team out onto the pitch where we were playing an Indian team called Bangladesh.

They were not a bad team but in no time we took the lead and scored. Then I came running off my line but stupidly didn’t shout “keeper’s ball” and I ended up hurting me, Adrian and one of their players. I was taken off but I was fine. After that my hand was a bit sore and I had to stay in with a nurse for an hour so they could keep an eye on me as I had hit my head as well
 
We then played the Greek C team (they had 3 teams in this football tournament) and I got on for the last few minutes. We won 1-0 in that game so we now had two wins with two goals and none let in - a great day all round. We headed back to the hotel and Hughie’s family and Mario’s mum were there to meet us all. It was a nice surprise and great to see friends from home.
 
We all then headed up to our rooms and chilled out for an hour before coming down for dinner that evening. Afterwards we found out who we would be up against in the Group stages where the winner takes all. We were in group B with Great Britain, Turkey, Australia and India

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We all got ready in our green Ireland tops and shorts and made our way up to the gate to wait for our bus - this was it, the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Games. We were dropped off by our bus near to the government building and walked from there to the area where we would have to wait before the ceremony.

We all jumped into get a team photo and it was kind of funny as everyone was pulling cameras out and a few people from other countries came up to take a photo of our team - pretty cool!! I helped our Head Coach Paul to bring some water up for the lads and then we got some food after 6pm. We were the 1st group there and when the rest of Team Ireland landed it was great to see every one.
 
I then went with one of our coaches John into this wonderful yellow and white building. We just went for a wander about and it was amazing inside it. There were so many other nations there too and as we were coming back, a girl from Colombia came up and gave me a wrist band of her colours. Luckily I had two Ireland pin badges left and I got a photo taken with her. It was really great as there were so many people walking about trying to get whatever badges they could from other nations
 
I then got back to our team and a few lads asked me to help them with getting their badges changed for different ones. I even helped one of our own medics to get a USA medic badge! I got one before when I was at our host town in Rhodes and gave that one away as I wasn’t really into badges but didn’t mind swapping them to help out others. So I went for a walk down to where the whole USA team was and along the way so many other countries came up asking for Irish badges. I only had the one left and was keeping it to swap it for a USA medic one. I had to pop from one USA person to the next one until finally I found my medic friend from Rhodes and got the badge I wanted. I was over the moon and so was our Irish medic when she saw me sticking it on her dog tag! My day was turning out to be a pretty good one.
 
After a while, the singing started and we had so much fun with Team Ireland singing all kinds of Irish songs. The Ecuador Special Olympics Team was next door in area 51 and they started singing too - we even got some video of it. After 2 hrs being there, we got into our group and started to move along with the other nations. We had to stop a few times as there were so many nations. Then a few famous people came down to see us and I got a few photos including one with Irish Rugby legend Keith Wood and Mary Davis from Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia who is running to be the next president of Ireland and I really hope she does get it!

Finally we got moving again and then we were standing right behind the big stage and this big blue pole going right up into the sky. This was it - the big one! We started walking slowly into the stadium at the Opening of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked in. It was hard to take photos as we were just waving to so many people who waved back as we walked down this big long black foot path that was part of the stage. It had volunteers to the right and left the whole way along who were shaking our hands and giving High 5’s.
 
It was so amazing and there was a great buzz in the air. I was glad to be here and be a part of the amazing team that had traveled from Ireland. The new guys who had never been at a World Games before were shocked and over the moon to be at a World Games for the 1st time in their lives. We were then taken around to our right and got seated on some stone benches that the Greeks built so many years ago. The stadium was like a big horseshoe and we could see all other nations from where we were sitting. Some of our coaches were trying to get a Mexican wave going. We tried about 7 times, just us and 3 other nations, but it was too hard to get everyone to do it. When the final nations came in, it was coming up to at least 11pm and it was going to be one late night for sure.
 
Then there were a few guest speakers, including that woman from Desperate Housewives, Vanessa Williams who looked wonderful up on stage. There were so many things happening that night at the Opening Ceremony but the most amazing thing of all was the lights with so many different colours from blue, red, green, and white - it was like being at home on Christmas Day and was wonderful to see. They also did this big boat thing and there were 100s of people out on stage being the sea and people flying through the air. Then Stevie Wonder came on stage and sang for us! It was truly amazing to see him sing and he got all the people to sing along with one of his songs.
 
I was looking forward to seeing the Flame of Hope being lit and it started with these guys who came out holding wee small flame torches that looked amazing when the whole stadium went black for a few minutes. Then all I could see was a Greek athlete running up the steps and around to his left where he passed the torch onto the next athlete, and then onward to the next one. Finally it came onto the stage that we had walked in on and another Greek athlete ran down through the middle of the stage and came to a stop about 15 yards or less from where we were sitting. All I could see was the athlete bringing the torch down onto this white line, and from there it shot right up the line and with a bang, the flames started to come out of the big torch that was on top of the stadium. For me it was totally amazing to be there with Team Ireland and my friends and the rest of the world.  There were a few fireworks and that was it. The Opening of the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens had been a great evening that I will never forget.
 

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Splashin' Penguins Special Olympics Club Celebrate's 20th Anniversary 
  
   
The Splasin' Penguins Special Olympics Club celebrated their 20th anniversary at Lola Montez. The event was marked with the presentation of the Tony Rennick Cup for the Most Improved Swimmer, which was awarded to athlete John Gordon by Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus Kilgannon. In recognition of the clubs mile stone achievement, presentations were also made to the club by Myra Merrick, the Regional Director for Special Olympics Connaught and Pat O'Malley for her work with the club. In it's two decade history, Splashin' Penguins have gone from strength to strength and have confirmed that four of their athletes have been selected to represent Connaught at the National Games being held in Dublin next year. Among the clubs talented athletes is Strandhill native Joseph Cullen who won a gold medal at the World Summer Games in Athens in 2011 for the 100 Individual Medley. 

  

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