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February 01, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Ireland

Making Friends in Korea

By Maureen Rabbitt

Team Ireland celebrate a bronze in floorball with their new Korean friends @Sportsfile

Special Olympics can be as much about making friends as winning medals. Team Ireland spent two days in Seoul City participating in the Host Town programme at Seoul's Women's University. The team, comprised of eleven men and three women, charmed their hosts so much that 5 students from the University got on a bus at 4.30 am in the morning to make the 3.5 hour journey to PyeongChang to see their boys in green compete in Division 2 in floorball. They arrived just in time for the first match at 10am against Austria which was won 11-7. Austria then fought back at 6-5. But the Korean students witnessed history in the making. After a tough day of competitions with many highs and lows and that called on the boys to bring out their fighting Irish spirit, a bronze medal was secured with a 11-1 win against Korea. This was the first time for Ireland to be represented in floorball in an international competition - a victory all the sweeter because it was shared with new friends.

About Maureen Rabbitt: I am Communications Director for Special Olympics Europe.

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