Aiming High from Sunderland City Council, were instrumental in enabling us to take a team of over 60 athletes and coaches to the Special Olympic National Games in July 2009.
Without their funding we would have been unable to take more than about a dozen and our athletes would never have experienced the thrill of the whole week. The razzmatazz of the opening ceremony and the thrill of the actual games, which I am sure, will be a lifetime memory for us all. The level of self-esteem and respect gained in that week can never be measured.
As we walked into the Walker Stadium in Leicester every seat was full of family, friends and spectators cheering for the athletes. (And yes, the coaches cried!)
I knew some of our group do not like noise so told them “all these people are here because of you.” On entering the stadium one young man asked “Are these all our fans?” It did not take long for them to take off caps and to wave back to the crowd; see our photo album.
How wonderful it all was and without the support from the Aiming High team at Sunderland City Council this could not have happened.
Rayment talking about his achievements at the
Special Olympics National Games Leicester 2009
Special Olympics Leicester 2009
North East Regional Disability Swimming Championships
Twelve of our swimmers entered the Championships. One swimmer won a Gold Medal and two swimmers won Bronze Medals.
Five of our swimmers gained personal best times in their races. Our two relay teams won Silver and Bronze Medals.
Special Olympics Tri-Region Gala
Ten of our swimmers entered the Gala. We came home with seven individual Gold Medals, six individual Silver Medals and two individual Bronze Medals.
The boys relay team won the Gold Medal and girls won the Bronze Medal.