Mayor welcomes Special Olympics gold medal winner Carole Catling

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's mayor and deputy mayor are pictured with Carole Catling, Robert Sills and Vivienne and Victor Catling at the reception in Mossley Mill. INLT 34-902-CON
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's mayor and deputy mayor are pictured with Carole Catling, Robert Sills and Vivienne and Victor Catling at the reception in Mossley Mill. INLT 34-902-CON

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey have hosted a reception for Newtownabbey athlete Carole Catling, who won gold medal in the table tennis singles event at the recent Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, councillor Thomas Hogg, expressed his delight at Carole’s recent success.

“Carole was the only athlete from the borough to qualify for the games and earlier in the year was awarded Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability at the Newtownabbey Sports Awards. She is an incredibly talented athlete and we look forward to hearing about more of her successes in the future.”

It’s not Carole’s first major win as she previously won a gold medal at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens.

“We are all incredibly proud of Carole and delighted she has brought another gold medal back to the Borough,” added councillor Hogg.

Carole was one of 12 Ulster athletes who competed for Team Ireland at the Games. The team had one of their most successful games to date, bringing home a total of 33 medals.