Medal charge by Team Ireland in Austria

Team Ireland's Cyril Walker,with his sister Valerie after competing in an Alpine Slalom Final at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Team Ireland's Cyril Walker,with his sister Valerie after competing in an Alpine Slalom Final at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Team Ireland’s skiers have secured four more medals – two Gold, one Silver & one Bronze - at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

It brings the total to eight (two Gold, three Silver, three Bronze).

There was further delight for a local trio of skiers, following medal wins earlier this week.

Cyril Walker (46) from Co. Armagh claimed Silver in the Novice Slalom. The 46-year-old was hopeful of Bronze on Schwaigerhof Slope but arrived to the medal ceremony to be presented with his Silver medal by Special Olympics ambassador, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the Intermediate Slalom, Sean McCartan (16) from Co. Down clinched the top podium spot to win Gold and Co. Antrim teenager, Caolan McConville (13) from Co. Antrim claimed Bronze. Lorraine Whelan (36) from Co. Wicklow also clinched a Gold medal.

Laoise Kenny (16) from Dublin impressed with fourth place in the slalom while Niall Flynn had a fine outing in the Alpine Super Glide.

Team Ireland Head Ski Coach, Jill Sloan said the skiers’ success was ‘absolutely unbelievable.’

“Some of the guys have never been at a World Games before, including Sean and Caolan,” she said. “Caolan is only 13 years of age.

“The medals they have achieved are incredible. We can’t ask for any more. They have had an amazing time – it has been so much fun.

“I just can’t believe it – I cried buckets.”

Walker’s sister Valerie said the whole family were proud of his achievements: “We have had a fantastic week and we have had great fun. Cyril has done us so proud. His timings are getting quicker every day - he has done magnificently.”

Team Ireland’s floorball squads capped a week of top class action with their final playoff games in Graz.

Team 1 will be awarded fourth place at today’s medal ceremony after a thrilling game against Switzerland.

And - in a nail-biting finish - Team 2 took on Argentina, securing a 6-4 win to secure fifth place in their division, providing a thrilling close to the day’s action.