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Minister’s praise for Special Olympics athletes

Special Olympic Athletes Rosalind Connolly, Ryan Hill and Lucy Best with their winning medals from the Special Olympic Winter Games in Korea with Special Olympics Chair Ulster Region John McKernan, Coach Jill Sloan and Minister for Sport Caral Ni Chuilin. Picture: Elaine Hill

Special Olympic Athletes Rosalind Connolly, Ryan Hill and Lucy Best with their winning medals from the Special Olympic Winter Games in Korea with Special Olympics Chair Ulster Region John McKernan, Coach Jill Sloan and Minister for Sport Caral Ni Chuilin. Picture: Elaine Hill

SPORTS Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated the two local athletes who did so brilliantly at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Alpine skiers Ryan Hill, from Richill, Rosalind Connolly, from Portadown, along with Lucy Best from Lisburn, came home with a total of five medals and three place ribbons.

Minister Ní Chuilín said, “It is always a pleasure to welcome local athletes back after competing at the highest levels. Our Special Olympics athletes left for the Games as ambassadors for their sport, for their community and for themselves. Today they return from South Korea as champions.

“Ryan, Rosalind and Lucy can be immensely proud of what they have achieved. So too can their coaches, friends, family and everyone who has been involved in their journey to medal success. They have also given joy to their supporters and those of us at home who cheered on their efforts.

“With the Olympics and Paralympics last year, we have seen many athletes transcend their chosen sports and become an inspiration for all of us. Lucy, Rosalind and Ryan have added their names to that illustrious list.”

Rosalind Connolly, 17, won gold in the novice Super G event. Ryan, 34, took silver in the intermediate Super G and Giant Slalom events, while Lucy Best, 21, won bronze in the intermediate Super G and Giant Slalom.

 
 
 

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