Gold for Special Olympics athletes

TWO Gympie athletes have done Australia proud taking gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.

Sprinter Michelle Cotter and bowler Stephen O’May have won a swag of medals over the last week.

On day seven of the competition Michelle took silver in the women’s 100m final with a personal best time of 15.15.

The next day in the 100m relay she sprinted her team over the finish line to take first place and a gold medal for Australia.

Also on day seven Gympie middle distance runner Kimberley Langton ran a personal best of 2:59.24 in the heats of the 800m race to then take fifth in the 800m final.

While Stephen O’May took a gold medal in the singles bowling competition on day six and two days later his mixed team won another gold.

Gympie football player Elijah Bond’s 11-a-side team started out well in the competition wining their first two divisioning games against India and Greece and then drawing with Great Britain (2-2) in the first match.

The 11-a-side team went down 0-3 to Turkey in the next game and then lost by one point to Ireland (2-3).

In the fourth match they won 3-1 against India.

The games began on June 25 and competition finished on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Australian squad said the Gympie athletes had done really well.

“They’ve had such a super Sunday the results haven’t been uploaded yet,” she said.

Today the Gympie competitors rested as the competition came to a close and tomorrow morning they attend the closing ceremony.

They will head back to Australia on Wednesday night.

Gympie Times


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