‘Proud’ Oliver is selected for Team Ireland

Oliver Doherty who will compete for Team Ireland.
Oliver Doherty who will compete for Team Ireland.

An Inishowen athlete has told how he is “proud and happy” after he was selected to compete for Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015.

Oliver Doherty from Buncrana is one of just two athletes from Donegal amongst 88 Team Ireland athletes that will travel to Los Angeles to compete at the World Games this summer.

Twelve athletes from Ulster will compete as part of Team Ireland and with just six months until the World Games kick off, they are now beginning their preparations and training for the Games, which take place in L.A between 25th July - 2nd August.

Oliver will compete in the golf category, something he has been playing for the past 28 years.

He said he was very “proud and happy” to be selected for what is his first games in Los Angeles and his third World Games with the Special Olympics.

Oliver won gold in the games held in Dublin in 2003. He said this, along with playing with his friend Davidand hid father in Florida, Jacksonville in 2004 are among his best memories of the games.

The 34-year-old, who is married to Caroline, also cites pool and darts among his hobbies and said he would be “playing lots of golf” over the next few months to train for the Special Olympics.

7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to the games in LA. They will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015.