Gold medal 'greatly deserved' for hard-working Siobhan

Darren Beattie


Darren Beattie


STRABANE'S Siobhan McCay is still coming down to earth this week after playing a key role in Team Ireland's fantastic gold medal triumph at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

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.

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

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

Her coach, Bill McIntyre, said her club was very proud of not only Siobhan, but also Convoy's Leon McDaid who achieved a bronze medal in the men's basketball competition.

"It's a great achievement for both members and greatly deserved. They have shown great will and determination to get this far."

Full story in this week's Strabane Weekly News...

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