Gold and Silver Moments at Charity Cheque Presentations

Castleisland athletes, Gary O’Sullivan (left) and Jonathan Kerins with their gold and silver medals won at last week’s Special Olympics Ireland games in Dublin. ©Photograph: John Reidy

There were gold and silver moments at last night’s charity cheque presentations by Castleisland Races Committee at Tom McCarthy’s Central Bar.

Members of the Kerry Stars Special Olympics team and mentors were guests of the committee and were also recipients of a cheque for €2,000 from the proceeds of the town’s recent racing festival.

Golds and Silver for Gary and Jonathan

The Kerry Stars athletes brought their medals along to the presentation ceremony. Two Castleisland athletes, Gary O’Sullivan and Jonathan Kerins brought home four golds and a silver between them.

Gary’s golds were won in the 4kg Shot Putt and in the 400m walk. Jonathan’s double gold and silver medals were all won in the swimming pool. He won gold in both the 50 metre and relay swims and his silver medal came from the 100m event.

Abu Dhabi World Games

The Kerry Stars were representing their county and province at the All-Ireland games in Santry in Dublin and they now have their sights set on the next Special Olympics Summer World games in Abu Dhabi next year.

The Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club was formed in September 2002 by a group of families.

Positive Self Image

Its objective was and still is to provide athletes with special needs the opportunity to be productive and respected members of society through participation in an all year round sports and competition programme.

This in turn creates a more positive self image, inclusion, enjoyment and new friendships for the athletes.

There is, at present, 50 athletes in the Kerry Stars Club and they come from the Killarney, East Kerry and Mid Kerry areas.


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