TWO of Limerick’s best known personalities are supporting local Special Olympics athletes.
RTE presenter Kamal Ibrahim and TV3’s Expose star Leanne Moore recently dropped into a training session featuring athletes from Lisnagry Special Olympics Club in Annacotty.
The athletes were treated to some top fitness tips from former Mr World Kamal, as well as dietary and nutrition advice from Leanne.
Some 1,500 athletes are busily preparing for the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick - the biggest sporting event taking place in Ireland this summer.
The session was a great success with the athletes, including ‘Face of the Games’ Christine Delaney, getting full value from their time with Kamal and Leanne, both of whom are fitness fanatics.
Kamal – who recently ran the Great Limerick Run in aid of Special Olympics Ireland – said he was delighted to have taken part in the video, which was filmed by local videographer Shane Serrano and produced by Richard Lynch from I Love Limerick.
“The 2014 Special Olympics Games are probably the most important sporting event to take place in Ireland this year,” said Kamal.
“These athletes are inspiring and deserve all of our support in their efforts. I for one know where I will be June 12 to 15, cheering on these athletes.”
Leanne also paid tribute to the 1,500 athletes attending the Games and said she was proud that her native city was hosting the Games for a second time, with Limerick also being the location for the 2010 Games.
“I think the people of Limerick have really got into this event and will be out in force to support all the athletes next month,” she said.
There are less than 30 days until the games begin, with an opening ceremony taking place on Thursday, June 12 and sporting activity commencing the next day.
Some 1,500 athletes will compete in 13 sports over three days of competition, supported by 3,000 volunteers.
See Special Olympics for more details.