The 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from January 26 to February 6 next year.
Team Ireland, which consists of 14 athletes and a management team of 5 volunteers will participate in both the Alpine Skiing and Floorball events, with this being the first time for Irish athletes to participate in floorball at a World Games.
Aidan Cross from Cahir, is one of the eight athletes who will represent Ireland in Floorball at the Games. Aidan has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 14 years and during that time he has made lots of friends and has had many great experiences. In 2006 Aidan competed at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Belfast where he won a gold medal in basketball.
This isn’t the first time that Aidan has represented Ireland on the international sporting stage. He was a member of Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina in 1999. He is very much looking forward to the World Winter Games in South Korea and is currently busy training and preparing for them. When he is not busy training Aidan is a member of the local civil defence.