The Special Olympics were founded in 1968 to promote the idea that sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities as well as those who cared for them.
This year in Sheffield there were 2700 athletes, competing in 17 different sports, with ages ranging from 8 to 80!
The competitors from Share attend a weekly training club as well as competitions both locally and across Scotland and they also take part in additional training which is provided by our own Share staff who are trained coaches.The competitors travelled to Sheffield with the rest of the Lothian’s Team and one of the highlights of the trip was the opening ceremony. Compered by Kris Kamara, Jim Carter of Downton Abbey and Suzie Perry, the ceremony included a very emotional “walking in” parade by all the athletes and performances from Tony Hadley and Toseland who sang the Special Olympics anthem.
A fantastic few days of competition followed, with some tightly contested events taking place, and we are delighted that our own Share athletes achieved the following amazing results –
3 Golds for Triple Long Bowls and Boccia Bowls
4 Bronze for Triple Long Bowls Pairs, Doubles Boccia and Front Crawl
Also Martin, who won the Bronze for swimming, having won Gold over 25 years ago, won ribbons for 50 metres backstroke and breaststroke and a certificate for the relay.
We are all so proud of all their achievements and we know that they would like to thank all the family, friends and staff who have supported them, and especially Trust Recruitment who sponsored their trip.