Aidan Bennett has been playing tennis since he was 16 and has competed in many tournaments since then. He was thrilled to be taking part at the Special Olympics this year as he represented the East Midlands Tennis team. Aiden had a great victory and managed to win Silver in the singles and a Gold in the doubles. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience of competing and being part of a team.
Another winner was Josh Lane who, after months of fundraising and training with the Lincoln City DS Active team, was able to represent the East Midlands football team at the games alongside his team mates. After some nerve wracking and close matches Josh and his team had a great success and won a Silver medal.
Josh’s mother, Sarah Lane says: “It really has been an amazing and moving experience. The athletes have stayed at an athletes' village at Sheffield University and all gained so much, including strengthened friendships and a real team spirit. I can fully recommend young people of all abilities becoming involved in this fantastic opportunity.”
The Special Olympics National Games is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. This year saw around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities come together from across the country.
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