When realising that dream moves the family and friends — and admiring compatriots too — of an individual so openly, then that victory is an even more valuable expression of human courage and true grit.
On a weekend when the business of sport had another dance with it spiral of immorality — the lunacy highlighted by the sale of Manchester United footballer Angel Di Maria to French team PSG for an astounding €63m — how reassuring it is that sport still has the capacity to move and fulfil ordinary people in a life-changing way.
Irish athletes won 70 medals — 20 gold, 24 silver, and 26 bronze — at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angles. These athletes have done their country, their families, and their supporters proud. They have shown once again that there is nothing as powerful as a determined and focussed pursuit of an objective many think unattainable.