Events grows into huge suc­cess

Bray People - - NEWS -

Special Ops Paint­ball played host to 200 par­tic­i­pants last week­end for the War­soft Char­ity Game for can­cer re­search.

What started as just a small day with or­gan­is­ers in­tend­ing to do­nate the gate fee grew into a week­end event. It started with a din­ner and an auc­tion at the Sugar Loaf Cafe on Satur­day evening, and on Sun­day hun­dreds of peo­ple from across Ire­land and the air­soft com­mu­nity gath­ered.

The auc­tion was hugely sup­ported with items do­nated by golf supremo Padraig Har­ring­ton, a signed jer­sey from Ire­land goalie Dar­ren Ran­dolph, week­ends away do­nated by many lo­cal ho­tels in­clud­ing The Martello and The Glen­view, as well as meal vouch­ers from Box Burger, Plat­form Pizza and The Sugar Loaf Cafe to name but a few.

In ad­di­tion air­soft re­tail­ers through­out the coun­try do­nated amaz­ing and sought af­ter items both for auc­tion and prizes over the week­end.

Head mar­shall Paddy Car­roll shaved off his in­fa­mous beard and hair as part of the auc­tion.

The char­ity day in­cluded axe throw­ing and a three-gun-run com­pe­ti­tion.

Special Ops was founded by Bray lo­cal Michael O’Toole in 2012. Ini­tially spe­cial­is­ing in paint­ball, it has ex­panded into a multi-ac­tiv­ity cen­tre with the ad­di­tion of air­soft, axe throw­ing, bushcraft and sur­vival skill train­ing to name but a few. Special Ops was one of the found­ing mem­bers of Paint­ball.ie, an on­line book­ing plat­form de­vel­oped in close con­junc­tion with the Special Ops Team and a lo­cal start-up in Bray. The plat­form has been a run­away suc­cess and brought play­ers, new and old, to the venue.

Special Ops caters to play­ers for play­ers of all abil­i­ties and skills, with an em­pha­sis on fun and en­joy­ment for all.

Some of the 200 par­tic­i­pants who took part in the fundrais­ing day for can­cer re­search.

Heath Daw­son of Axe Throw­ing Ire­land and Ian Bolt of Fat­bike Ad­ven­tures.

Igor Guer­reiro tak­ing a Fat­bike Ad­ven­tures bike for a spin.

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