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Grampian athletes success in Special Olympics GB’s first National Winter Games

By David Porter

Athletes from Grampian have won a clutch of medals at the inaugural Special Olympics Great Britain National Winter Games in Folgaria, Italy.

Hamish Thomas Jamieson in action. Picture www.naksportsimages.co.uk.
Hamish Thomas Jamieson in action. Picture www.naksportsimages.co.uk.

The week-long competition which ended on Saturday featured both alpine skiing and figure skating competitions.

Athletes representing Grampian, were:

Giant Slalom - Hamish Thomas Jamieson (Aberdeen) 2nd.

Slalom - Hamish Thomas Jamieson - 1st.

Giant Slalom -Kathryn Mearns (Portlethen) - 1st.

Slalom - Kathryn Mearns - 3rd.

Giant Slalom - Laith Hou Hou (Aberdeen) -Participation.

Slalom -Laith Hou Hou - 1st.

Giant Slalom -Lauren Cain (Aberdeen) 5th.

Slalom - Lauren Cain (Aberdeen) 4th.

Giant Slalom - Luke Purdie (Aberdeen) - 4th.

Slalom - Luke Purdie - 3rd.

Giant Slalom -Steph Salvesen (Tornaveen) - 4th

Slalom -Steph Salvesen - Participation.

Kathryn Mearns on the slopes. Picture: www.naksportsimages.co.uk
Kathryn Mearns on the slopes. Picture: www.naksportsimages.co.uk

Colin Dyer, chief executive of Special Olympics GB, said: “Huge congratulations go to all athletes on their success at this first National Winter Games.

“Given the daily challenges that people with intellectual disabilities face throughout their lives, it’s a great achievement to be here competing and proudly representing their region at a national sporting event, let alone winning a medal.

“Events in the Special Olympics GB movement bring together so many people and give our athletes new levels of confidence. However, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Event Partners Dreams, Gallagher and Sure, along with our stable of Corporate Partners.”

Special Olympics GB is also being supported in the delivery of the National Winter Games by The Ski Company and Alpe Cimbra, whilst Inclusive Skating is leading the figure skating competitions.

Across the country, Special Olympics Great Britain is the largest provider of sports training and competition for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

Operating in England, Scotland and Wales, the charity has more than 6600 athletes benefitting from opportunities in 27 different sports, which are delivered by a devoted team of 3,800 volunteers.

In total, 73 athletes from across England Scotland and Wales participated in the Special Olympics GB National Winter Games, including the ten local athletes - Lauren Cain (Aberdeen); Laith Houhou (Aberdeen).; Kathryn Mearns (Portlethen); Emily Plant (Stonehaven); Luke Purdie (Aberdeen); Emma Ronald (Stonehaven); Steph Salvesen (Tornaveen); Hamish Thomas Jamieson (Aberdeen); Kristen Wrate (Oldmeldrum) and Aryamehr Zarisfi (Westhill).

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