Scarva golfer Connery set for summer event in USA

Jill Connery from Scarva. Pic by Sportsfile.
Jill Connery from Scarva. Pic by Sportsfile.

Scarva’s Jill Connery has been selected as one of three athletes from County Armagh to represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Connery will join Mowhan’s Dearbhail Savage and Sarah-Jane Johnston from Lurgan in the 88-strong panel heading to America.

The 29-year-old golfer is set for Los Angeles for the tournament from July 25 to August 2.

Savage will compete in the equestrian field, with Johnston part of the swimming panel.

Around 7,000 athletes are expected in Los Angeles from 177 nations for the 2015 event.

“The Special Olympics movement is committed to creating a world where every person, regardless of their ability or disability, is accepted, welcomed and valued – a world of inclusion and mutual respect, without bias or prejudice,” said a spokesperson for Team Ireland. “Los Angeles is a city of movie stars and all-stars.

“But in 2015, Special Olympics athletes will be the true stars.

“To cover the cost of sending Team Ireland to the Games, Special Olympics needs to raise £343,848.

“The organisation will be reaching out to businesses and companies over the coming weeks and months to seek pledges of support for its Support an Athlete programme.

“The cost incurred by Special Olympics Ireland to prepare and send each athlete to Los Angeles is £3,908.

“This covers all aspects for each athlete due to represent Ireland at the World Games including sports training, travel cost, uniforms, medical and equipment.”

For further information visit www.specialolympics.ie.

“2015 is shaping up to be a huge year for our athletes,” said Shaun Cassidy, regional director of Special Olympics Ulster. “It’s a tremendous achievement for our local athletes including Déarbháil, Jill and Sarah-Jane to be selected to represent Team Ireland at LA 2015.”