Ardee Community School student Owen Callaghan won two gold medals at the Special Olympics Leinster Regional Advancement Event in Kilkenny last week.
Held at The Watershed venue in the city, Owen won gold medals for the 200m and 400m running events in which he claimed first place in both. Owen, who is autistic and among the students who makes use of the ASD rooms at Ardee Community School, will sit his Junior Certificate exams in June.
He currently trains with the Dundalk Special Olympics club out in Blackrock – who provide athletics, basketball, aquatics, bowling, football golf and table tennis training and competition for it’s members – and also with his mum Kim, who is an active runner and trainer.
Owen is pictured above with Kilkenny Lord Mayor Pat O’Neill.
There are 57 Special Olympics clubs in Leinster and over 1,600 athletes across those clubs who take part in a range of sports. In 2015, nine athletes from Leinster represented Ireland at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.