Wednesday 21st December 2011
St Elizabeth’s Special Olympians celebrate sporting achievements
Eight St Elizabeth’s College students who regularly take part in a swimming session accommodated by The Hoddesdon Swimming Club at The John Warner Sports Centre in Hoddesdon were recently invited to a fun session with the rest of the Club. The evening also included a Presentation Award ceremony where all eight students received a medal for their swimming achievements during 2011.
This celebration was later followed by a buffet and disco at Amwell View Specialist Sports College, Stanstead Abbotts. All the athletes who take part in Special Olympic sports; athletics, swimming and football where invited along to this evening where they also received a trophy.
The charity club, Special Olympics East Herts, wants to develop and grow the opportunities within East Hertfordshire for people with moderate and severe learning difficulties and has recently appointed a Disability Sports Development Officer, Janet Warrington. Janet explained: “working with the Special Olympians at Hoddesdon swimming club for the past two years has been so rewarding. I am now looking forward to working with other sports and local clubs to help set up regular training which will offer more opportunities for people to take part and in more sports. There are some very talented sports people within this group and they need these clubs to be able to take part, enjoy sport and achieve their full potential.”
Special Olympics East Herts Athletics Club meet on Monday evening 6-7pm at Wodson Park); the Swimming Club meet on Tuesday evening 6.10-7.10pm at The John Warner Sports Centre and the Football Club meet on Thursday evening 6-7pm at The Grundy Park Leisure Centre. If you are interested and would like to find out more about Special Olympics East Herts check out www.specialolympicseastherts.org.
Photograph: l-r Ryan Dioni, Natalie Reuben, Lewis Shakleton, Stephen Birks, Matthew Stanley, David Howard, Dalton Leigh and Matthew Casey.