Bray teen is off to win­ter Games

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STU­ART Bri­er­ton from Bray is one of 14 Ir­ish Spe­cial Olympics ath­letes busy pre­par­ing for the 2013 World Win­ter Games.

The games will run from Jan­uary 29 to Fe­bru­ary 5 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Alpine skier Stu­art is no stranger to success, hav­ing won two gold medals in the 2012 Spe­cial Olympics Ire­land win­ter games at Kil­ter­nan.

The ath­letes have been busy train­ing for the past num­ber of months to en­sure that they are fully pre­pared and ready for what lies ahead in South Korea.

Stu­art is a mem­ber of both Bray Lak­ers and Kil­ter­nan Karvers Spe­cial Olympics Clubs and has been in­volved with Spe­cial Olympics for the past nine years.

Be­ing se­lected as a mem­ber of Team Ire­land for the 2013 Spe­cial Olympics World Win­ter Games in South Korea is one of the big­gest high­lights of Stu­art's involvement with Spe­cial Olympics and he is de­ter­mined to do him­self proud.

He is also look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with ath­letes from other coun­tries while he is there.

If he wasn't in­volved with Spe­cial Olympics Stu­art says that he would not have had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport - some­thing that is very im­por­tant to him.

He has achieved a great deal through his par­tic­i­pa­tion in Spe­cial Olympics and has com­peted in swim­ming, bowl­ing and ski­ing.

In ad­di­tion to ski­ing Stu­art is very in­ter­ested in avi­a­tion and mo­tor sport so it will come as no sur­prise that his sport­ing hero is Michael Schu­macher. Stu­art's favourite song is U2's 'Sun­day Bloody Sun­day' while on tele­vi­sion he en­joys watch­ing Top Gear and Air­crash In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Team Ire­land will de­part for South Korea on Fri­day Jan­uary 25 and fans can fol­low their progress at the Games on www.spe­cialolympics.ie/wintergames.

Bray stu­dent Stu­art Bri­er­ton who will head for South Korea at the end of this month.

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