The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics was an occasion to remember for Navan based athlete and Basketball Official Philomena O'Hare, who read the Officials Oath on behalf of all officials at the Games today at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
In the names of all judges and official In the name of all judges and officials, I promise that we shall officiate in these Special Olympics Games with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the spirit of sportsmanship.
Philomena (46) , a member of Navan Arch Club, worked her way from the playing field to membership on the international Special Olympics Sports Rules Advisory Committee (SRAC).
In the past 20 years, she competed at all competition levels up to national level in basketball, bowling and table tennis. At the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles, she participated as a basketball table official for the first time in her career. She continues to be an active athlete leader in Special Olympics Ireland with the support of her mentor, Mary Davitt.