Scarva woman Jill comes up trumps at games

Jill Connery has won a silver medal at the World Summer Games.

Jill Connery has won a silver medal at the World Summer Games.

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Scarva woman Jill Connery has come up trumps with a silver medal in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Jill, 29, secured Silver in golf (Level 2 Alternate Shot), along with her playing partner, Ursula McDonnell from Belfast.

Jill’s success helped to bring Team Ireland’s final tally to a massive 86 medals.

The curtain came down on the Special Olympics World Summer Games on Sunday with a spectacular closing ceremony. Team Ireland’s athletes received a hero’s welcome when they returned to Dublin on Tuesday.

Speaking of Team Ireland’s success, CEO Matt English said, “To represent your country at Olympic level is a fantastic achievement.

“The many medals, ribbons and personal bests recorded by our athletes is just the icing on the cake.

“The experience of coming to Los Angeles and competing on a global stage is such a huge honour and all of our athletes and coaches can be so very proud of their efforts.”

Shaun Cassidy, regional director, Special Olympics Ulster said, “Our athletes have achieved amazing things over the last week.”