Five athletes and a coach from Newtownabbey Racers Special Olympics Club have received financial backing to travel to, and compete in, the Special Olympics Ireland Games being held in Limerick from June 12 to15.
The renewable energy and energy storage group Gaelelectric is providing the financial power to the local team. Discussing the sponsorship Patrick McClughan, Commercial Manager for Gaelectric Developments Ltd, and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG) said: “Newtownabbey Racers is an award-winning Special Olympics and disability club based in the Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey. It provides athletics and multi-sports training for children and young people with disabilities.
“Gaelectric is delighted to be able to assist five young local athletes; Sarah Gilmore (13, Ballyclare); Kel Boskett (16, Newtownabbey); Matthew Davidson (18, Ballyclare); Sean McKeown (18, Glengormely); and Daniel Purse (19, North Belfast) represent Ulster at this year’s Ireland Special Olympics in Limerick in June.”
Mr McClughan added: “Harnessing local energy and developing local skills is a key ethos of Gaelectric and we are delighted to be able to play such an active role in assisting local young people as they seek to achieve their goals and represent their province in the Special Olympics Ireland Games.”
Lee Campbell, Newtownabbey Racers’ Club Treasurer and Assistant Head Coach for Team Ulster – Athletics, welcomed the financial assistance: “We are absolutely delighted with Gaelectric’s sponsorship and our athletes can now focus on doing Newtownabbey Racers, the local community and Gaelectric proud in Limerick in June.
“Team Ulster consists of 243 athletes, who will be competing in 13 different sports. Each of the Newtownabbey Racers athletes will be competing in two athletics events each.
“Around 1,500 Special Olympics athletes will participate in the three-day residential games. Any athlete, who achieves gold in their events in Ireland Games, will get the chance to be randomly selected to compete in the World Games – Los Angeles 2015 to represent Ireland.”