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Four local Special Olympic athletes who won medals at the 2019 Special Olympics were honoured by Newry, Mourne and Down Council at a Civic Reception last week.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin with the four local athletes marking their success at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi. l-r Fergal Gregory, Peadar Connolly, Chairman Councillor Mark Murnin, Megan McElherron and Connor McClorey and back row World Game Coaches Esther King and Helen McKee.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin with the four local athletes marking their success at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi. From left: Fergal Gregory, Peadar Connolly, Chairman Councillor Mark Murnin, Megan McElherron and Connor McClorey and back row World Game Coaches Esther King and Helen McKee.

Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin, hosted the young people, part of a 91-strong squad of Special Olympics athletes from across Ireland who participated in the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi in March.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Megan McElherron with an award to mark her achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Megan McElherron with an award to mark her achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Peadar Connolly, Fergal Gregory and Connor McClorey, all members of Newry AFC Special Olympics Club, picked up medals in backstroke, kayaking and open water swimming respectively, and Megan McElherron from Saddles and Reins in Bessbrook, won equestrian medals.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Fergal Gregory with an award to mark his achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Fergal Gregory with an award to mark his achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about their successes, Chairman, Councillor Murnin said, “I am very pleased and honoured to host this event in honour of our four local heroes – Connor, Fergal, Megan and Peadar.  It was with great pride and delight that my Council learned that each athlete earned a podium place following their outstanding performances in Abu Dhabi - their outstanding achievements have put our district on the map.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Connor McClorey with an award to mark his achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presenting Connor McClorey with an award to mark his achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.

“Every day these athletes train and strive to achieve their very best and the months of hard work, in preparation for the world games, has been worth it. However, without the dedication of coaches and parents, the Special Olympics would not exist as we know it today. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of their commitment to these wonderful, young ambassadors of our district.

“The benefits of taking part in Special Olympics extend far beyond the physical benefits of sport, it’s all about team spirit, friendship and fun!”

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