Cahir’s Aidan Cross was part of Team Ireland that won a bronze medal in the floorball event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang in South Korea.
Aidan is one of the eight athletes on Ireland’s floorball team.
This was the first time for Ireland to be represented in floorball at a World level competition event and it was clear from their performances that Aidan and his fellow team mates were well prepared and ready to take on the World.
Team Ireland overcame Austria by 11-7 in the last of their pool matches of the tournament. They then had to face the same team again in the semi-final match. This was a closely matched affair in which Austria just got the upper hand with a score line of 6-5. Ireland had trailed by 5 goals to 1 at half time but fought back bravely to score 4 goals in the second half.
Team Ireland quickly put any disappointment aside in the playoff game against the host nation South Korea which would decide 3rd and 4th place. Ireland proved themselves to be deserved bronze medal winners clocking up a convincing score line of 11-1.
Reacting to Team Ireland’s success, Head floorball coach, Paul O’ Callaghan said - “I am delighted for the Team. Since they got here they have put everything they have trained for into practice. They’ve shown courage, determination and above all pride and honour while representing Ireland at these World Games. On a personal level I am delighted and incredibly proud to be part of the first Irish floorball team at a World level Games”.
Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said: “This is such a fantastic achievement for Team Ireland and I want to pay tribute to every one of the athletes and their coaches. They came here as a team prepared and ready to take on the World and that’s just what they did. They have been fantastic ambassadors not only for Ireland but for the sport of floorball and hopefully their success will inspire others to get involved in this exciting team sport”.