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A Sea of Green

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With 88 athletes, 40 managers and coaches, 155 volunteers, family support and friends, Ireland was well represented at the 2015 World Games. And it showed at each event including Kayaking at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Four Team Ireland athletes competed - Nuala Browne, Rita Quirke, Nicola Higgins and Ian Staunton. All had great support. Rita's two cousins Deirdre and Mary traveled down from New York for Rita's first time meeting her cousin Mary. Her three sisters and brother travelled from her home town of Mullingar. Nicola's sisters, cousin, aunts and niece all attended too. She's been kayaking for the past 15 years and was the first athlete to represent Team Ireland in kayaking when the World Games were held in Ireland in 2003. Nicola's sister, Andella said, "Nicola is having the time of her life in LA. She's already informed us that she isn't going home! But she couldn't not return with her teammates. They are such a tight team and have been inseparable since we got here."

About Me:

Volunteer for the Special Olympics Media and Communications team at LA2015 Games.