Special Olympics Ireland is focusing on improving the involvement of women in sport in all areas of the business including coaching, administration and the participation in sport. Over the month of June Special Olympics ran a Women in Football awareness campaign which included a series of events such as a Come and Try Football event aimed at introducing football to current female athletes from other sports and a female cup game in Cork.

These events not only resulted in higher awareness throughout our social media channels amongst our stakeholders but also led to an increased number of females looking to get into Football and proved that the appetite is there amongst female athletes with an intellectual disability.

Golfer Mairead Moroney, 70 years, from Ennis Co Clare recently competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games which took place in Abu Dhabi from March 17th to 21st.

At 70 years young Mairead proved that age is only a number as she won silver in the team event on a very tough course at the Yas Links Golf Course.

Mairead joined Special Olympics as an athlete in 2008 and started playing golf with Ennis Special Olympics Club in 2011. Her love of golf grew and so did her ambition which led her to start on the 4 year advancement cycle for the World Games which began back in 2015. Her win was a result of a lot of hard work, determination and skill.

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