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Cyclist Kiera Byland returns home from Special Olympics with three gold medals and plenty of new friends

Kiera Byland is back home in Bolton after winning three gold medals at her first Special Olympics. The 17-year-old cyclist was one of the stars of the games in Los Angeles. She says the highlight of the trip was making new friends from around the world. She called into the Granada Reports studio to speak to Mike Hall.

Success for North West athletes at the Special Olympics

The Special Olympic Games sees adults and children with learning difficulties compete for medals across 25 Olympic-style sports.

In the North West, our athletes have done us proud.

Special Olympics GB won 179 medals, including a fantastic 68 golds.

Among them was Bolton cyclist Kiera Byland, who won three golds of her own.

Our correspondent Ian Payne has been catching up with them in LA.

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Bolton cyclist to take part in Special Olympics

More than 7000 athletes are heading for Los Angeles for nine inspiring days of competition.

The Special Olympics World Games will see adults and children with learning difficulties compete for medals across 25 Olympic-style sports.

Among those flying the flag for Great Britain is Bolton cyclist Kiera Byland.

Keira is raising money to set up a North West Special Olympics Cycling Hub, for more information and to donate visit their Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Team-Byland

Special Olympics gold medallist dies

Gareth Cowin Credit: 3FM

A Manx athlete competing in the Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea has died.

Gareth Cowin passed away after being struck with a deadly virus earlier this week.

The 25-year-old was a keen sportsman, who had previously won a gold medal in Athens in 2011.

The Manx team will continue on to compete for the remainder of the games.