Local Special Olympics athletes bring home medals from National Games
|Published: 14th August 2009 11:28|
Ellesmere Port and Neston Special Olympics athletes have returned triumphantly from the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games held in Leicester.
The 17 athletes attending the Games represented the North West region and were joined by coaches and support staff to compete with over 3,000 others in a range of sports between the 25th-31st July 2009.
It is the first time the group has been involved in the National Games since being formed in 2004 and returned with an impressive record of individual and team medals for all those who attended from the local area:
- Peter Miller (individual tennis, GOLD)
- Sian Betney (team Boccia, SILVER)
- Sarah Davies (team Boccia, SILVER and
- individual Boccia, BRONZE)
- Neil Jones (individual Boccia, GOLD)
- Steven Taylor (individual Boccia, GOLD and team Boccia, SILVER)
- Martin Blocksidge (individual ten-pin bowling, BRONZE, doubles ten-pin bowling, BRONZE and team ten-pin bowling, GOLD)
- Tony Crellin (individual ten-pin bowling, SILVER, doubles ten-pin bowling, BRONZE and team ten-pin bowling, GOLD)
- Jackie Hall (individual ten-pin bowling, BRONZE, doubles ten-pin bowling, SILVER and team ten-pin bowling, GOLD)
- Matthew Legg (individual ten-pin bowling, GOLD, doubles ten-pin bowling, SILVER and team ten-pin bowling, GOLD)
- Tammy Barrow, Cheryl Blocksidge, Michelle Cowle, Amanda Dunne, Kim Earl, Linda Jones, Rebekah Lovell, Sarah Mathers (team netball, SILVER):
The athlete's involvement was made possible due to the fantastic fundraising efforts over the past two years which has included events and activities such as a race night, a ten-pin bowling challenge, a Christmas party and various bag packs.
Corrina Thorley, Chairperson, said: "All of the coaches and athletes were totally amazed and inspired by the commitment and support they received in surpassing the target set for fundraising for the Games and I think this shows in the results we enjoyed in Leicester.
"Thank you to all the individuals and sponsors who made Ellesmere Port and Neston's inclusion in the Games possible. We would like to dedicate our success to Joseph Rainford who was part of the ten-pin bowling team though couldn't compete due to illness but came to Leicester with his family to support his friends."