Ponds Forge and Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Venues for the swimming gala and the opening ceremony
Yesterday we travelled to Sheffield to support Jasmine (Stagg) in her bid for glory at the Special Olympics. In her first race, breaststroke, she was hampered by water inhalation. She swam beautifully however in the individual medley and, if there was one, she would be on the podium for style.
This a festival for people with intellectual difficulties. and involves a number of sports. Winning is clearly the goal, but taking part is just as thrilling for many of the competitors. One of the speakers at the ceremony summed it up:
Do your best
Go home with a smile
The competitors gain confidence and learn more about their social skills.
We learn humility. These guys have a place alongside us.
Professional footballers eat your hearts out.