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.