TWO MONTROSE people will be among the Special Olympics World Summer Games squad in Athens from June 25 to July 4 next year.
Ian Bradford will be taking part in the table tennis event and Helen Bean is a physio.
Special Olympics is the third member of the Olympic family along with the Olympics and Paralympics. The Special Olympics programme is a year-round sports and competition programme for children and adults with learning disabilities.
Day in, day out across the country, 8,000 British learning disabled athletes’ lives are being transformed through sport. They become more self-confident, improve their fitness, health and wellbeing, and for many, they have for the first time, not only teammates, but mates.
The Games will feature over 7,500 Special Olympics athletes from 185 countries, 2,500 coaches, 25,000 volunteers, 40,000 families, 3,000 event officials and 3,000 members of the media. The XIII Special Olympics World Summer Games follows the event in Shanghai in 2007.
Special Olympics GB president Lawrie McMenemy MBE said: “The Special Olympics World Games are often overlooked. We are the third member of the Olympics – the year before the Olympics. The pride of representing your country and making your family proud are a huge part of our Games. Our athletes will be standing on the podium to accept medals for Great Britain. Each and every one of them had to raise £2,000 on their own to attend.”
The British contingent will comprise 157 learning disabled athletes from Scotland, England and Wales and will compete in 17 out of the 22 sports disciplines offered including aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, kayaking, powerlifting, sailing, table tennis, tennis and ten pin bowling.
The rest of the Tayside squad comprises: aquatics - Stephanie Beaton, Dundee; ten pin bowling - Jamie Black, Arbroath, Martin Cassidy, Kirriemuir; equestrian, Zahra Kazmi, Dundee; football - Neil Grant, Arbroath, Paul Radunski, and Martin Ross, Arbroath; golf - David Alexander, Dundee; powerlifting - Gregor McKenzie, and Christopher Kane, Dundee; and volunteer staff, Laura Smith, assistant head of delegation, Forfar; Eileen Ramsay, head coach aquatics, Carnoustie; Kim Dalgarno, head coach ten pin bowling, Forfar; Laura Baxter, head coach football, Forfar; Gary Porter, head coach powerlifting, Dundee; and Evelyn Smith, coach power lifting, Forfar.