GIBRALTAR’S Special Olympics squad are making their final preparations for the Winter Games in Austria.

The 15 athletes will line up against of 107 countries as they take part in in floor ball, snowshoeing and alpine skiing.

They will be joined by ministers Samantha Sacramento and Steven Linares at the opening ceremony in Schladming on March 18.

Francis Mauro, handpicked as one of ten global athletes to carry the Flame of Hope Olympic Torch in its final leg to Austria, is running his way towards Schladming.

The games are being broadcast live on ESPN.