Disability Sport: Joy for South Gloucestershire athletes at Special Olympics GB
8:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Sport
ATHLETES from South Gloucestershire enjoyed success at Special Olympics GB.
Upon arrival at the opening ceremony for the UK’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, Yate-based footballer Christopher Lloyd walked with the torch in to Bath’s Royal Crescent, along with swimmer Adam Osborne from Little Stoke.
All 23 athletes representing the South West region in football, swimming and boccia are involved with Bristol Union of Disability Sports and South Gloucestershire Union of Disability Sports (BUDS&SUDS) with 17 of them from South Gloucestershire.
The ninth Special Olympics GB National Summer Games were held in Bath and over three days of competition 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales competed in 12 sports.
Almondsbury-based swimmer Alexandra Edwards came fourth in the 25m freestyle, a new personal best (PB) by one second, and in the 25m backstroke.
Osborne won silver in the 50m freestyle and came fourth in the 50m men’s backstroke, beating his (PB) by four seconds, while Alex Elliott won bronze in the 50m men’s backstroke, beating his PB by two seconds.
Chris Yeoman and Kieran Pfister both won silver in the 25m freestyle Katy Hall won bronze in the 25m backstroke and 50m freestyle, Tom Jeal won silver in the 50m breaststroke Pfister also won gold in the 25m butterfly, beating his PB, and bronze in the 50m freestyle, while Carol Hook came fifth in the 25m breaststroke, beating her PB.
In the mixed 4x25m relay team Hall, Edwards, Hook and Yeoman won gold.
The men’s 4x25m relay team of Jeal, Osborne, Alex Elliott and Pfister won silver.
In the Boccia singles competition, Jasiu Kuchciski and Kate Wood won bronze, while Stasiu Kuchiski won silver Jasiu Kuchcinski, Stasiu Kuchcinski and Wood came fourth in the team event.
In Football 5-A-Side, the South West A team came fourth with the B team sixth.
Cllr Ian Boulton, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The council is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to take part in physical activity and sport and achieve to their highest level.
“All of these athletes have worked incredibly hard to get to the Special Olympics. We are really proud of their talents and all of the hard work they have done to get here.”
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