A great day for Team Ireland and especially for Alan Quinlan from Lisnagry, Co Limerick, with a gold and 5 silver medals which he won in the Gymnastics Arena at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.
All told Team Ireland took their medal tally to twenty by the end of day three of this year’s Games in a Greek capital where riots and strikes were the norm throughout the day, in the city centre
The day got off to a flying start with Deirdre Gannon from Westport, Co. Mayo and Mary Quigley from Tullow, Co. Carlow winning silver in the Women’s doubles bowling event. Special praise to Mary at 69, the oldest member of the Irish team .
Soon afterwards another Gold – this time from Joyce Haughian of Warrenpoint, Co. Down and Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris, Co. Mayo who also won silver in a different category of the Women’s doubles bowling event.
Apart from Alan Quinlan scooping one gold and five silver medals and a fourth place position in the men’s Artistic Gymnastics final, fellow gymnast John Michael Gannon from Cloghan, Co. Offaly won two gold and two silver medals in his competition.
Lisburn woman Pauline Connell won two gold and three silver medals in her competition.
In aquatics, Dublin ‘s Lorraine O’ Halloran scooped gold in the 100m freestyle whilst setting a new personal best time in the race. Templeogue woman Mary Gavin won her second medal of the Games, a silver in the 100m freestyle .
In Bocce, the Irish Team, comprising Simon Darragh, Oliver Magee, Mary McDermot and Conor Ryan came fourth in their competition.
In the Equestrian Arena , Donaghadee’s Steven Yetman won bronze in the dressage event while Kildare man Conor MacGerailt took fifth place position in the Prix Caprilli competition – the first time an Irish athlete had competed in the event.
The men’s five-aside football team claimed a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in the first stage of this highly competitive competition. Success to for Ireland’s women who had a highly convincing win against Italy 3-0.