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Fingal Swifts Swimming Gala 2011
Fingal Swifts Special Olympics Club would like to invite our friends, families and supporters to attend the Swimming Gala 2011, taking place at ALSAA pool (beside Dublin Airport T2 and Aer Lingus HQ) on Thursday, 14th April 2011 from 19:00 to 20:00.
Founded in 2009, Fingal Swifts are a fully affiliated group within the Special Olympics Eastern Region.
Currently we have over 30 registered athletes and 20 registered volunteers.
The aim of the club is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
This year we have one of our affiliated athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games in Athens.
Sponsorship Cards are available from most volunteers, athletes and families.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:45)
Official Launch Party
Fingal Swifts Special Olympics club was officially launched on the 14th May 2010 at a club party in the Clarion Hotel, Swords. Michael Kennedy TD and Cllr Clare Daly held either end of the ribbon while athlete Robert Savage, as the first athlete to join the club, cut the the ribbon to officially launch Fingal Swifts Special Olympics club!
Athletes, volunteers, their families and friends all cheered as the club was launched into the community! Athletes were entertained by a magician before being presented with club membership medals, displaying the club logo, by Club Manager Patricia Clarke, followed by a disco for everyone to dance the evening away!
In her speech at the launch, Cllr Clare Daly quoted Mohamad Ali “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision”, and expanded on this stating that the athletes and the volunteers of Fingal Swifts are the ‘Champions’ in question. Michael Kennedy TD said he was delighted to be invited and looks forward to following the progress the club makes down the line. He also wished all the athletes in the club representing Special Olympics Eastern Region at the National Games in June in Limerick, the very best of luck.
Fingal Swifts Special Olympics club began training in the sport of swimming in September 2009 and has grown steadily in numbers and confidence since then. There are now 22 registered athletes with an intellectual disability, and 24 volunteers from the local community who work hard every week to make the club a success.