Gold for Siobhan! Ireland overcome Bharat to take the honours

STRABANE'S Siobhan McCay played her part to help Ireland claim a wonderful gold medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games this week.

The North West Special Olympics Club star helped Ireland to overcome Bharat 27-14 to win gold at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the ladies basketball event.

Siobhan’s success is the latest for locals to toast following the superb seven-medal haul scooped by Letterkenny gymnast Patrick Quinlivan.

Ireland had a stunning week that included wins over UAE (22-5), Kazakhstan (20-6), France (24-5) and Egypt (30-17) with McCay playing a lead role.

Involved in Special Olympics since Easter 2006, Siobhan initially played netball before discovering a talent and passion for basketball.

There are 7,500 athletes from 190 countries competing across 24 sports in the Games, which are the biggest sporting and humanitarian event in the world this year with Convoy man Leon McDaid a part of the Ireland men’s basketball team.

Talented basketball player, Siobhan, who has been involved in the sport for over 12 years and is a player with the North West Special Olympics Club, based in Letterkenny, is among the 91-strong Team Ireland Squad.

She was selected to represent Ireland’s ladies basketball team for the World Games after winning gold at the All-Ireland Games in Dublin in June last year.

She is joined on the trip by her step-father and assistant basketball coach, Tommy McCay,  who joins Team Ireland as a coach/chaperone.

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