Roe Special Olympics Club in volunteer call

Siobhan O'Kane, head coach, Liz Martin, Special Olympics Ulster, Margaret O'Kane, club membership officer, and Mark Taylor, attending, also included rear are, Jacqueline O'Kane, club manager, William O'Kane, athlete, Ben Taylor, assistant to head coach, and Henry Wilkinson, volunteer. INLV4715-348KDR

Siobhan O'Kane, head coach, Liz Martin, Special Olympics Ulster, Margaret O'Kane, club membership officer, and Mark Taylor, attending, also included rear are, Jacqueline O'Kane, club manager, William O'Kane, athlete, Ben Taylor, assistant to head coach, and Henry Wilkinson, volunteer. INLV4715-348KDR

0
Have your say

The chairperson of Roe Valley Special Olympics Club is appealing for volunteers.

Jackie O’Kane hopes people who can spare an hour and a half each week will heed the call.

Mrs O’Kane said volunteers are in for “a brilliant experience” with the athletes.

“We meet weekly in Limavady High School and offer athletes training in athletics from 7.15pm-8.30pm each Wednesday,” said Jackie. “We have eight members, aged from 19 to 20 to into their fifties. They’re from the Limavady, Ballykelly and Magilligan areas.”

The group had success at the All Ireland games in Limerick in 2014 with two members bringing home gold and silver medals, representing Team Ulster.

“The feeling of achievement from volunteering is brilliant. When you see the atheletes progress each week, and you see the excitement in their faces, it’s hard to walk away from that,” said Ms O’Kane.

“Anyone interested should drop in to Limavady High School on Wednesday evenings. It’s amazing and I urge people to come in and see it for yourself.

“Give it a go because, once you get in, you’re hooked. It is satisfying and, yes, it has become a part of my life.”

The Roe Valley Special Olympics Club was established in 2010. Jackie said it’s the only club in the Limavady area catering for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Volunteers aged from 15 and athletes aged from eight are welcome.