2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games



Badminton Ireland would like to introduce the three Irish Athletes who will compete for Team Ireland in Badminton at the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in March.

Sarah Rea, John Doyle, Mary Daly and their coaches Kim McCrave and Claire Heffernan will make the trip to Abu Dhabi in a couple months time for the Games.

Please see below for more information on the team.

We would all like to wish Team Ireland the best of luck in Abu Dhabi.



About the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will host the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games from 14th to 21st March 2019. Team Ireland will travel from the 7th to the 21st of March. This time frame will include: a host town programme, acclimatisation and familiarisation to the venues and playing environment, Opening (14th March) and Closing Ceremonies and of course competition events. Competition begins on the 15th March through to the 21st March.

Team Ireland will comprise of 91 athletes competing over 12 sports: Athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, swimming and table tennis. Team Ireland athletes come from all corners of Ireland and are supported by a core network of management, coaches and chaperones. In total there are 39 team Ireland volunteers and 75 Special Olympics Ireland volunteers will travel to volunteer at the World Games in Abu Dhabi.

There are 3 badminton athletes competing at the Games, they have been training hard over the last 4 months with their head coach Kim Mc Crave and their coach chaperone Claire Heffernan, in addition to their home training with their club coaches and volunteers. The preparation is key for developing relationships, partnerships, building upon their badminton skills, cultural expectations, World Games expectations, healthy attitude towards mind and body. All in all, there is a lot to prepare for as once in Abu Dhabi we will compete in a much bigger environment spanning 9 badminton courts and 2 warm up courts in the ADNEC facility, Abu Dhabi.

These World Summer Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019 and will see 7,000 athletes from around the world compete in 24 sports. As Team Ireland and specifically, team badminton we are looking forward to representing Ireland and bringing the Special Olympics oath with us on our journey.