National Games Results 2017

The article that has been sent to Hastings Observer for publishing:

On the week beginning 7th – 12th August Special Olympics held their National Summer Games in host town Sheffield. The National Games is a week along event where all the Special Olympic Regions come together to compete in their respective sports, which will then give the medal placers a chance to fight at the World Games in 2019 in Abu Dhabi
The team that we took up with of us consisted of (L-R – Back Row) David Wilson – Silver; Sarah Avery – Silver; Zara Leahy – Silver; Liam Duhig – Silver; Nick Hicks – Gold; Tom Farley – Gold; James Everest – Gold. (L-R – Middle Row) Lauren Griffiths – Silver; Josh Smith – Gold; Anna Wilkinson – Gold. (L-R – Front Row) Rupert Mitchell – Bronze; Luke Leahy – Bronze; Holly Tadman – Bronze & Lewis Dargan – Bronze. We came back with 5 Golds, 5 Silvers and 4 Bronzes.
The team was supported by Coaches (L-R in Red) Debbie Sands, Michael ‘Larry’ Forrow and Mark Farley along with carers Janet Everest, Joy Wilkinson, Lorraine Tadman, Claire Chappell and Tina Owen

‘It was an amazing and at times very emotional week! When the guys and girls went to fight on the Wednesday by the end of it there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere! We had players taking part in their first National Games, players winning their first ever fights and some coming away with their first medals! You just can’t beat that feeling, the beaming pride you have for all the athletes taking part and doing what they love!’ – Michael Forrow

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