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Lorraine Whelan is on Top of the World

21 March 2017; Team Ireland’s Lorraine Whelan, a member of Kilternan Karvers Special Olympics Club, from Delgany, Co. Wicklow, before being presented with a Silver medal after competing in the Alpine Giant Slalom event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games at Schladming-Rohrmoos, Stadthalle Graz, in Graz, Austria. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Wicklow’s Lorraine Whelan is feeling on top of the world after her silver medal win at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Lorraine said the silver medal she claimed in her division was as precious as any she has won at previous Games: “I’m just over the moon,” she said. “I attacked it at the start, the middle and the bottom. Bring on tomorrow.”

Tomorrow came and Lorraine did one better winning gold in the Slalom, well done Lorraine !

The team arrive back in Dublin on this Saturday. Well done to all the team !

Lorraine Whelan Profile

Home Town: Delgany, Co. Wicklow

Age:   36

Years Involved in Special Olympics:    20+

Accomplishments:  Competed in Alpine Skiing in 3 World Games and 1 European games

How has Special Olympics changed your life? Made me more confident and allowed me make loads of new friends. Means the world to have represented Ireland and Eastern Region and to be representing the country again in Austria.

Other Interests or Hobbies:   Works in Bank of Ireland as an assistant.  Swimming, socialising with friends.

Lorraine (36) has been skiing since she was very young. Although she found it very difficult at the start and didn’t enjoy it she quickly began to love the sport and has since competed in 3 World Games and a European Games. Training includes regular gym sessions as well as swimming and preparing for upcoming swim competitions.

Training for the Games must fit in around Lorraine’s work as an Assistant in Bank of Ireland. Special Olympics and the ALPs programme which she was a part of up until recently, have helped Lorraine grow her confidence and meet lots of new people.

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