Mayo athletes gearing up for World Summer games

Paul Kavanagh, from Castlebar at the final residential training camp for Team Ireland ahead of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Athens from June 25 to July 4. Phone: Sportsfile 

Paul Kavanagh, from Castlebar at the final residential training camp for Team Ireland ahead of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will take place in Athens from June 25 to July 4. Phone: Sportsfile 

There will be plenty of Mayo eyes and ears looking and listening out for results from Athens from Saturday week when the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games kick off. Four Mayo athletes will be representing Ireland in the Greek city and all are going for gold. Mary McDermott from Swinford will be taking part in the bocce competition, while Deirdre Gannon from Westport and her namesake Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris will be competing in the bowling competition. Castlebar’s Paul Kavanagh will be hoping to have his serve and volley in top shape when he takes on the best in the world in the table tennis event.

The four athletes from Mayo will be joined in Athens by coaches Frank Vahey from Ballinrobe and Linda Heraty from Castlebar for the event which runs from June 25 to July 4. Those with an iPhone can keep up to date on all the results and information from the games by downloading the Special Olympics Ireland iPhone app which was launched this week.

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