Deevy and Kirwan to compete at World Games

John Deevy has been selected on the equestrian team.

John Deevy has been selected on the equestrian team.

John Deevy and Damian Kirwan have been selected to compete at the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles. They are both currently training hard at Waterford Special Olympics Club.

John Deevey aged 38 is over the moon having been selected as part of the equestrian team. John, who has been horse riding for over twelve years with his Waterford Special Olympics Club describes how he felt when he was chosen: “I was very excited. I felt special and happy.”

This will not be the first Special Olympics games for John who competed in the National Games in Limerick in 2014, where he won a gold medal. In the hopes of repeating this form in LA, John will be talking part in monthly training sessions with Team Ireland, weekly sessions with his club and will try fit in extra training when his schedule allows.

John’s first love is horse riding but he also turns his hand to bocce. Being an athlete with Special Olympics allows John to take part in a sports he loves, socialise and meet new people “ being an athlete means a lot to me as I love participating and trying to win. I have made many friends. I have great fun and it gives me great happiness”. In his spare time, the Manchester United fan enjoys going to the pub to watch his favourite team play. He also likes to play with his model railway sets, loves to listen to traditional Irish music and works as a cleaner on a Saturday morning at his local Mart.

Damien Kirwan will compete with the 5-A-Side team.

Damien Kirwan will compete with the 5-A-Side team.

For 5-A-Side footballer Damien Kirwan, being selected for the Special Olympics World Games this summer is very exciting. Upon hearing the news that he would be representing Team Ireland, Damien says “I was crying with the excitement and joy”.

Damien will be training hard to ensure that his team have the best chance possible in a few months’ time by completing weekly sessions. He has been playing soccer with his club, Waterford Special Olympics Club for four years but just this year decided to try his hand at basketball and discovered that he loves it.

Damien works hard at his training and is very proud of what he has achieved thus far and where it has gotten him. Not content with just playing soccer and basketball, the passionate sports fan also likes to play hurling and snooker in his spare time.

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