McKillop to receive special award at Paralympics closing ceremony
09/09/2012 - 21:00:45
The closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games is taking place in London tonight.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the President Michael D Higgins have congratulated all 49 Irish athletes for their outstanding performance during the past ten days.
Team Ireland finished 18th in the medals table - winning eight gold medals, three silver and five bronze.
Double gold medal winner Michael McKillop will tonight receive a special award from the International Paralympic Committee - for demonstrating the best spirit of the Paralympic Games.
Spokesperson for Paralympic's Ireland John Fullham said that he is one of just two athletes to receive this award:
"Michael is a fine athlete and he is done so much more outside of his sport in terms of education, working with school children, getting people involved, I think it is well deserved"
"And I'm glad he gets that recognition and it's a great honour for all of us we'll all piggyback on that success".
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