SPECIAL OLYMPICS GB AT THE WORLD GAMES IN LA - DAILY DIARY

     

Special Olympics GB at The World Games in LA - Daily Diary
#TEAMSOGB

SUN 2ND AUG 2015

#TEAMSOGB FINAL World Games Medals Tally - after 7 full days of sport

68 Gold
69 Sliver
42 Bronze
29 Fourth placed
Total – 208 Medals

Well that’s a wrap for another World Games.  Needless to say, Special Olympics GB’s athletes – as you will see in the review below - have excelled with a magnificent set of performances, over 200 medals and acted as great ambassadors for the country.  Perfect role models.

Today, Sunday, will witness the Special Olympics World Games Closing Ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum where there will be plenty of emotion, memories and friendships cemented for a lifetime.  In the region of 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will say farewell to each other, knowing that they have contributed to a sea of unity, competition, thrilling sporting action, joy, courage and comradeship.

Around the World, families and friends of our athletes will never forget what their children and loved ones have achieved against the expectation of many.

The spirit of sport has been in evidence every single day here in Los Angeles.  Of course, every athlete was striving for a gold medal, but the class and grace of all athletes - regardless of their result - was an example to everyone.  The qualities of sportsmanship and respect in victory or defeat were omnipotent, important life lessons.  The World Games have given what all people with intellectual and learning disabilities require in life.  A chance.  Special Olympics GB gives people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to thrive, strive and feel alive every day, through sport, every week, across our country.

The US President Obama opened the Special Olympics World Games with a message which included the words: “Special Olympics athletes are a central part of their communities.  Where people see limitation, Special Olympics athletes see opportunity.”  The President was spot on.  Our athletes are an example not only to their peers but society as a whole.  They see obstacles and challenges.  They face them straight on.  Then overcome them.  Let’s build on this momentum for the next four years on behalf of people who need our support the most.  It’s a privilege to serve them.

Special Olympics GB are the World Games Champions of 2015 thanks to a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Bangladesh after extra-time had finished 3-3.

Picture of Gold medal football team #TEAMSOGB: https://twitter.com/pompey4ever007/status/627581156838477825

VIDEO: We are the Champions, my friends: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/videos/vb.146822618309/
10153051969673310/?type=2&theater

Gordon Taylor, the PFA CEO, who has backed the football teams, sent this message: “Please send all the team the PFA's best wishes and congratulations on our gold medallists and all athletes. Well done from all at the PFA to both the football teams on their silver (Unified Football) and golds (11 a side) respectively. The teams’ efforts are to be applauded!  Every athlete on #TEAMSOGB is helping to change attitudes and perceptions with your talent, dedication and passion.”

Just bumped into the infectious Holly Riseborough – her attitude for the World is contagious – ‘just’ four golds and one silver today for Holly!

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/videos/vb.146822618309/1015305222
1648310/?type=2&theater

Watch this fabulous routine of Golden Gymnast Georgia Carslaw – gold in the highest level of the competition – a truly brilliant athlete and individual!

GOLDEN GEORGIA: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/videos/vb.146822618309/10153052246003310/?type=2&theater

Sample of the unprecedented media coverage which continues – thank you to all the media platforms:

Kayaker Steven Dodd from Plymouth has been the main feature last night on ESPN’s iconic ‘Sports Center’ programme which goes coast to coach across this vast country – well done Mr Dodd for being a great ambassador and telling your story so honestly and passionately - inspiring others with a learning disability and society as a whole – just like all your team mates have done for the last two weeks:   
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13358160&ex_cid=sportscenterFB&sf11586909=1

BBC – Kathryn Smith - Special Olympics: 'I'm the only girl in the team'

BBC – Laura Taylor -
Special Olympics: Going for gold in gymnastics

http://www.dailynews.com/events/20150729/congo-runners-win-silver-bronze-in-nations-first-special-olympics

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13344229/special-olympics-great-britain-daniel-wolff-wins-400m-gold-world-
games-follow-great-grandfather-footsteps

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-wonder-headline-special-olympics-opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-33667449

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33705440

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33743998

BBC North - http://youtu.be/A7TUnZDYpaI

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2015-07-28/team-gb-hits-hollywood-for-this-years-special-olympics/

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13310832/special-olympics-world-games-british-athletes-giving-back

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/13521552.Two_Keighley_powerlifters_win_seven_medals_at_Special_
Olympics_World_Games/

http://m.surreycomet.co.uk/sport/13508973.Athletics__Special_Olympics_gold_is_dream_come_true_for_Worcester_
Park_s_Wolff/

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2015-07-28/team-gb-hits-hollywood-for-this-years-special-olympics/

http://youtu.be/27OdQEpVfoc

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13310832/special-olympics-world-games-british-athletes-giving-back

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

http://youtu.be/zG33yCXz1x8http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-wonder-headline-special-olympics-opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/13498153
Haworth_and_East_Morton_athletes_prepare_for_World_Games_competition_in_Los_Angeles
http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/oakham-basketball-player-chris-heads-to-special-olympics-in-los-angeles-1-6866978

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/sport/13497748.
Woman_set_for_coaching_role_in_Special_Olympics
http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

SPECIAL OLYMPICS GB – OVERVIEW

Aquatics: Corinna De Dios-Beckett (Orpington, Kent); Michelle Moran (Edinburgh); Matthew Allen (Swansea); Jonathon Taylour (Barnard Castle, County Durham).

Coach Emma said: An incredible and brilliantly emotional World Games for our swimmers was crowned by securing Gold in the 4x25m on the final day of competition a perfect way to finish.  We have had an amazing time and all the swimmers have really excelled in every event.

Michelle is going home with a full set of medals - bronze in the 50m free, silver in the 50m Breast and gold in the 4x25m freestyle relay. Michelle has not stopped smiling all week. 

Matthew is going home with 4th place in the 100m freestyle, bronze in the 50m back and gold in the 4x25m freestyle relay.  Matt has also given almost 1 million hugs this week alone to all the Volunteers at the pool.

Corrina has won 6th place in the 100m back, silver in the 100m freestyle and gold in the 4x25m freestyle relay.  She has also really come out of her shell and become more independent.

Finally Jonathon has also got a full set of medals with bronze in the 25m freestyle, silver in the 25m backstroke and gold in the 4x25m freestyle relay. He has also grown in confidence as the trip has progressed.  Fantastic personal best swims throughout the week with the best improvement being 28 seconds off the relay swim.  Head Coach Yvonne and myself are so proud of them all.

Open Water: Jamie Kelly (Rochdale, North West); James Wright (Canvey Island, Essex).

Coach Chris said: The main aim of this open water experience was to promote our athletes and this new event for Special Olympics World Games. The guys have flourished in this role. The fact that both guys won silver in top divisions is a great advert for the sport not just in the UK but globally.  Silver medals for both Jamie and James were added to on the final day with a further bronze for James.

Jamie Kelly has overcome considerable obstacles in the sea, from first practice he flipped over the waves several times. His practice was a lot slower than most.  He nailed his divisioning and worked really hard to finish a minute faster than James. In his final, he had to come out of his comfort zone and face physical battles.  Having his leg pulled, scratched and even kicked in the mouth.

It's this determination together with his tenacity that has helped him achieve.  Thoroughly deserved.  Going to the pool, Jamie still clocked 1 minute off his lifetime best and came fourth.

James Wright, other than meeting at swim events, on the first few occasions he stammered due to pressure when talking. I haven't noticed his stammer since.  Looking at him running out if the sea, he looks 10 foot tall, which is right as he seems to have grown. He seems to have matured.  Quiet and we'll spoken young man. He's been great company, as has Jamie.  It's the improvements which he makes that are outstanding.  Saturday came another remarkable test of tough divisioning put James in 6th place, 1 minute off the pace and needed something substantial just to medal.  That is just what he did with bronze.

On reflection of these games, a lot can be said of their achievements.  These two guys are high performing individuals of the sport and serve as great ambassadors.  I cannot thank them enough for letting me tag along.

Athletics: Jennifer Kitchener (Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire); Steven Bryce (Wishaw, North Lanarkshire); Mitchell Camp (Hemel Hempstead, Herts); Leslie Morgan (Sheffield, South Yorkshire); Jordan Okonta (Littlehampton, West Sussex); Daniel Wolff (Worcester Park, Surrey).

Badminton: Elizabeth Haywood (Plymouth); Karen Lyttle (Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire); Lloyd Crawley (Penycae, Swansea); Kevin Trebilcock (Arbroath).

The fantastic news from the LA 2015 Special Olympics World Games is Lloyd Crawley won gold in the men's singles Group 3 on 29th July.  Kevin Trebilcock won silver in men's singles Group 2 on 30th July.  Karen Lyttle won silver in women's singles Group 1 on 30th July. Elizabeth Haywood won 4th place in women's singles Group 2 on 31st July.

Kevin and Lloyd won silver in the men's doubles Group 3 on 31st July, while Karen and Elizabeth won silver in the women's doubles Group 1.

The last day of competition saw mixed doubles - Lloyd Crawley and Karen Lyttle paired well to finish 4th ribbon, whilst Kevin Trebilcock and Elizabeth Haywood were placed 5th ribbon.   Great results for badminton and #TEAMSOGB.  Coaches are so proud of their achievements.

Basketball: Thomas Brownsword (Folkestone, Kent); George Dunkerley (Redcar, North Yorkshire); Lewis Johnson (Mexborough, South Yorkshire); Daniel Large (Hoddensdon, Herts); Ben O’Brien (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire); Shaun Smith (Ormesby, North Yorkshire); Chris Southwell (Oakham, Rutland); Stuart Tipp (Eston, North Yorkshire); Alex Thompson (Sheffield, Yorkshire and Humberside); Niall Guite (Sheffield, Yorkshire & Humberside).

This team became history makers giving #TEAMSOGB a gold medal in basketball.  The match against China was won in rather unusual circumstances as our friends from Asia did not turn up on time and, therefore, forfeited the game.  This should not take away from the form and displays of #TEAMSOGB through to the final.  Well done coach Jazz and her golden boys! https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/627266078712803329

Great Britain 34-25 Latvia 
Great Britain 30-21 Italy 
Great Britain 21-19 China 
China 39-13 Italy 
China 34-18 Latvia 
Italy 22-34 Latvia 

Final Division 5 Table 
Great Britain P3 W3 L0 F85 A65 
China P3 W2 L1 F91 A52 
Latvia P3 W1 L2 F77 A90
Italy P3 W0 L3 F56 A 103 

The Gold Medal Game - China failed to turn up on time, forfeited the game and Gold went to Special Olympics Great Britain #TEAMSOGB.

Bocce: Grace Duncan (Arbroath); Colin Robertson (Blackburn, West Lothian).

It's been a hard week for both Colin and Grace, competing in the singles and doubles at the LACC. At the beginning of the week Colin played well, and after a few tough games, received a fifth place ribbon in his singles.  Grace has played extremely well all week, coming away with a gold in her singles.

Bowling: Debbie Killoh (Forfar, Dundee); Kay Paynter (Llanbradach, Caerphilly); Duncan Reid (Arbroath); Richard Cooke (Lothian).

Richard performed well, scoring equal to his average point score and above. At the end of the second game he was sitting in fifth place. Going into the third, he played his socks off coming back to win the bronze.  

Cycling: Leanne Peters (Glasgow, Scotland); Ruairidh Brown (East Kilbride, Scotland); David Jackson (Glasgow, Scotland); Daniel Weston (Barnstable, Devon); Kiera Byland (Bolton); Andrew Sinclair (Tayside).

Equestrian: Georgina Maton (Barnet); Charlotte MacDonald (Aberdeen); Jason Chu (Prenton, Wirral); Sam Oliver (Malvern, Worcs); Lyn Dumbleton (Stirling).

Sarah, Head Coach, said: Results from today – the last day of competition was that Georgina got her 3rd Gold in trail, riding a very accurate and careful course.  Jason was in a strong division and rode beautifully finishing in 5th place we could not be prouder of him. The Equestrian team have exceeded all expectations and given their all, the standard of their riding has been consistently outstanding, from horse matching through to divisioning - this gave the coaches some concern as they were so good, thankfully all athletes lined up in different divisions with most sitting at or near the top for their levels.

Following divisions the competitions started with Equitation where the riders are marked on their style and ability to control the horse, resulting in golds for Lyn, Charlotte, Georgina & Jason with Sam taking a silver.  Thurs was dressage day - serious competition where the athletes were required to ride a complex dressage test with style, accuracy and demonstrate harmony between horse and rider.  Lyn secured a good start on gold, followed by silvers for Sam and Charlotte.   Jason was on a really super horse who spooked at the big screen.  Jason managed this well and rode with determination and bravery - excellent attributes.  The day finished well with Georgina winning gold by riding an incredibly harmonious test with an incredible 81% score (scores more akin to Charlotte Dujardin!).

Friday was trail and we thought our last day but it was split.  Trail required the athlete to negotiate a series of different obstacles with precision, control and determined riding. Sam secured the gold he was chasing, with silver for Lynn and Charlotte.  Saturday was trail for the A riders, a more complex course all ridden from memory, again Jason was in a strong category and rode very well, finishing in 5th and a blue ribbon he 'wanted'.  Georgina maintained her composure and focus going towards the end of the competition to secure her third gold.  As coach of these wonderful athletes it has been a true privilege to support their journey and proud that all five have secured not only a medal but all have a gold.

On a personal level, the athletes have not only performed with their horses but their personal skill development has also been incredible, working together as a team.  Supporting their peers, dedication, coping with changes in schedules, often last minute, bus journeys, long days and no time off.  I guarantee if you asked any of them they wouldn't have it any other way.

Football: Elaine McKenna (Head Coach).  Edward Farquhar (Knightswood, Glasgow); Sean McCulloch (Riddrie, Scotland); Paul McAlinden (Drumchapel, Glasgow); Andrew Fulton (Nitshill, Glasgow); Ben Kelly (Watford, Hertfordshire); Sean Ellingham (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire); Derek Keith (Maryhill, Glasgow); Andrew Hetherington (capt) (Stanley, Durham); John Maxwell (Glasgow); Shaun Wotton (Cumbernauld, Glasgow); Matt Dodds (St Albans, Herts); Dean Lawrie (Lothian); Michael MacGurk (Cleveland); Brad Whitfield (Cleveland); Alexander Sawyer-Copus (Sunderland).

Special Olympics GB’s 11 a side football team are the World Games Champions of 2015 thanks to a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Bangladesh after extra-time had finished 3-3.  They have bonded as a group incredibly well and remain unbeaten at these World Games.  Invincible.

Picture of Gold medal football team #TEAMSOGB: https://twitter.com/pompey4ever007/status/627581156838477825

Unified Football: Scott Nicoll (Head Coach).  Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.  The principle is that by training together and playing together, it is a quick path to inclusivity, friendship and understanding. 

John Beckett (Mansewood, Glasgow); Jack Bell (Edinburgh, Scotland); Alistair Gillies (Letham, Perth); Steven Johnson (Saltburn, Cleveland, North Yorkshire); Daniel McCleary (Methven, Perth, Scotland); James Parker (Knaresborough, North Yorkshire); Darren McCluskey (Knightswood, Glasgow); Stewart Robertson - Unified Partner (Meigle, Perth and Kinross); Freddie Sherwood – Unified Partner (East Herts, Eastern); Mitchell Presland – Unified Partner (East Herts, Eastern); Lee McLean – Unified Partner (Forfar, Tayside); Joseph van ’t Hoff - Unified Partner (Edinburgh,  Lothian).

Although the boys lost 2-0 in the Gold medal Final against a resolute Austria - we are so proud of these lads - who could easily have won this Final game. The Austrian goalkeeper was saving them with all parts – including his face!  An emotional #TEAMSOGB coach Scott, cheerleader Audley Harrison, James and the players show their class in this video.  Top performance from a group of fine young men.
http://youtu.be/-1vr4W4f_HQ

Golf: David Alexander (Dundee, Tayside); George Brunt (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire); Alistair Robertson (Glasgow, Scotland); Bobby Wright (Widnes, Cheshire).

Head Coach and Scotsman Jamie said: The golfers on #TeamSOGB had a fantastic weeks play.  Every one of the players is coming home with at least 2 scores that are better than they have ever achieved before.

Bobbie Wright - Gold Medal - started off with a 106, far better than his average score of around 112. Wee bit worried that he had peaked too soon - especially in divisioning.  Not a bit of it.  Bobbie just kept improving each round, finishing with a 93. Great effort - rewarded with a great result.

Alistair Robertson - Bronze - Another golfer that sprinted out the traps and just kept going. His second round of 82 bettered his best previous round by 12 shots. This young man has really matured on this trip, making the most of this opportunity to shine.

David Alexander was Mr Consistent - four rounds under his previous best. A couple of slips on the final day, saw David drop from 1st to 3rd & a bronze medal to go along with his Gold from Athens. David' experience helped the other golfers & he proved that he is a real team player.

George Brunt 6 th place ribbon - absolutely flew along for the first two days - beating his best by so many that it was astonishing. However ,by day 4, the heat & the time it was taking to play 9 holes had obviously got to George. The tank was empty - not that that stopped him giving his all.

On the course & in & around the clubhouse - everybody new & loved George - an absolute gem of a lad.

On the Team in general. I had hoped that the Team would do themselves proud & not be overcome with the situation. They certainly never let me down - surpassing my wildest expectations.

In closing, I would like to give a special mention to our 4 American caddies, who integrated so well with us & helped the lads to these fantastic scores.

Artistic Gymnastics: Georgia Carslaw (Glasgow, Scotland); Jennifer Chesterman (Worcestershire, West Midlands); Holly Riseborough (Stretton under Fosse, Rugby, Warwickshire); Eloise Clyde-Smith (St. Saviour, Jersey); Thomas Keeley (Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster); James Lang (St. Helier, Jersey); Ramsay Meiklem (Renfrewshire, Paisley); Andrew McLaughlin (Glentham, Lincolnshire); David Rae (Glasgow, Scotland).

Saturday was the pinnacle of the World Games for the artistic gymnastics team - last day of competition for the whole Games. The first competition was for Levels 2, 3 and 4 and saw Andrew, James, David and Ramsay take to the floor. They all performed amazingly and results are posted below. Holly and Georgia took to the floor next in the Level 3 and 4 competition, their performances were fantastic and their results are below too. 

Ramsay - one of the hardest working members of the group and always someone who can be relied upon. He competed better than anyone anticipated and had made his coaches proud. He has been a real key member of the team who had been a pleasure to work with and a great ambassador for the nation.

David - whilst being an amazing competitor and extremely talented at gymnastics David is the member of the group who we are always waiting for, and never brings what he should!! However despite this he has been a very kind and caring member of the team. He is proud to say that his last competition in gymnastics was at the World Games in LA. 

Georgia - whilst taking part in the games Georgia has really embraced the atmosphere and throughly enjoyed her time even though she isn't a huge fan of the sun!! To round of an amazing time in the LA Georgia won the all-round final for the highest division at the highest level in Special Olympic gymnastics! A momentous moment and one that will be treasured by her and her coaches, forever.

Andrew - The eldest member of the gymnasts nicknamed 'Andrew the Gent' because of his cheeky and likeable personality! He has worked extremely hard in preparing for the games and this has all paid off with his collection of medals!! 

James - He has been one of the more excited members of the team, enjoying every single moment of the games and what they have to offer. His excitement turned to concentration in competition though where he performed all of his routines to an extremely high standard. 

Eloise - she started off the whole world games process as a very shy and quiet girl and is now one of the more outgoing and confident members of the team! Always posing for photos and dancing whenever she can she has made the games more interesting and entertaining for the coaches!! But amongst all the fun and games she performed excellently and did her nation proud. 

Jen - as well as being a great competitor for the team and earning lots of medals in her level, Jen has also been a great supporter of the rest of the team and also other sports. She has become a popular member of the team and has really enjoyed the games! 

Holly - it is safe to say that Holly is one of the more extrovert and diva members of the team!! But amidst all of that Holly has worked hard over the last year and even more so at the games to earn herself medals on all apparatus and all around too!  She exceeded all expectations and was a great asset to the team!

Tom - has been the gymnast in the team to improve the most of the last year and all of his and his coaches efforts were paid off when he placed on all pieces! He is a very caring team member and looks after all the others in the team! 

Ramsay 
Floor 3rd
Pommel 2nd
Rings 4th
Vault 2nd 
P Bar 4th 
H Bar 4th
All Around 3rd

David 
Floor 1st
Pommel 3rd
Rings 2nd
Vault 1st
P Bars 1st
H bar 2nd
All around 2nd

James 
Floor 1st
Pommel 1st
Rings 1st
Vault 1st
P Bar 2nd
H Bar 1st
All Around 1st 

Andrew 
Floor 2nd
Pommel 6th
Rings 2nd
Vault 3rd
P Bar 3rd
H Bar 1st
All Around 3rd 

Holly 
Vault 1st
A Bars 1st 
Beam 2nd
Floor 1st
All Around 1st 

Georgia 
Vault 3rd
A Bars 2nd 
Beam 1st 
Floor 1st 
All Around 1st 

As you can see from the medal tally, the whole team have done exceptionally well and over the last two days of finals the artistic competition they have earned the following medals:

Totals 
Gold 22
Silver 13
Bronze 11
4th 3
5th 1
6th 2 
7th

All of the coaches are really proud of the team, not only for how they performed but also for their great team spirit and their inspiring attitude towards the World Games!

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Amy Clark (Glasgow, Scotland); Sophie Hughes (Crewe, Cheshire); Phoebe Lowe (Crewe, Cheshire); Felicity Martin (Wistaston, Cheshire East); Alison Mackenzie (Crosslee, Renfrewshire); Kirsty Robertson (Crewe, Cheshire); Laura Taylor (Wilmslow, Cheshire); Elizabeth Cooper (Market Drayton, Shropshire).

13 x Gold
10 x Silver
6 x Bronze
8 x 4th
2 x 5th
3 x 6th

The girls had podium training beginning at 9am on Saturday 25th July before the opening ceremony. They said they loved marching out and being cheered for by everyone like celebrities. They were dancing with their glow sticks from the beginning to the end! 

They were then competing from 8am- 8pm on Sunday 26th, Monday 27th and Tuesday the 28th. They all did exceptionally well as these were long tiring days but the girls rallied each morning and we're ready and prepared to compete. 

Then on the Wednesday those with parents in LA went off for days out and the 4 remaining gymnasts stayed with me and Jane and we went to Santa Monica pier where laura rode her first ever roller coaster and loved it! We then had massive icecreams and went and jumped over the waves in the sea and built sandcastles on the shore. Jane fell asleep and nearly got drowned by the tide that was coming in which the girls thought was hysterical! 

The following day we had a rhythmic workshop where we learnt the new routines which are set for the next 8 years which the girls enjoyed even though it was a challenge! 

Then on Friday morning we learnt the new group floor routine in the morning which the girls will be performing in the gala on Saturday night along with the other countries that do rhythmics. In the afternoon we took the girls who weren't with their parents shopping in the westside pavilion where we shopped till we dropped! The girls bought new outfits and jewellery and felt like movie stars. 

Today we got up to go and watch and cheer on the 11 aside football team in the final. The girls waved Pom poms and throughly enjoyed seeing a different sport and cheering on team GB. We then saw holly and Georgia in the artistic gymnastics competition which the girls enjoyed.

The girls are ready and excited for the gala tonight and the closing ceremony tomorrow! 

Elizabeth Cooper - her smile and style won the hearts of the audience from every country and the judges.

Laura Taylor - her determination to keep calm and posed shone through, especially when she won the gold medal for the group floor routine.

Kirsty Robertson - her elegance and grace in every routine made for a spectacular performance every time she entered the competition floor.

Amy Clark - her achievement over the last year to learn new skills and reach new levels was evident in all her routines. She shone for the GB team and did herself proud!

Felicity Martin - her phenomenal grace and pose shone through in every routine. She herself was ecstatic with all her performances and is ready and excited for level 4.

Sophie Hughes- the youngest of the GB team rose to great heights in her performances. Her precision was flawless and her confidence soared. She is one very happy gymnast. 

Alison Mackenzie- Alison's level 4 routines shone, she was so pleased with herself when she caught her hoop and it earned her the gold medal and a massive cheer from the crowd and us. 

Phoebe Lowe- phoebes level one routines had people sitting on the edge of their seats as her scoring was exceptionally high. And when she smiled the audience cheered. 

The only way to describe all of the rhythmic gymnasts routines is outstandingly beautiful. They couldn't have done themselves, us or the GB team any prouder 

Quotes from the girls:
Laura Taylor at the football match this morning: 'David Beckham needs to watch his back, our boys are way better.'

Elizabeth Cooper when on the podium receiving a medal: 'they love me, they love me, kisses for them!' And then blew them all kisses. 

Amy Clark when asked what her favourite thing has been: 'the food, I like the ice cream.'

Alison Mackenzie: 'America is a very good place but the gymnastics floor was weird.' 

Kirsty Robertson: 'my favourite thing this week was going to the beach because it was funny to get soaking wet in the waves and fall over in the sea.' 

Level one:
Ribbon 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Ball 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Hoop 
Phoebe Lowe- silver 
Laura Taylor- bronze 

Rope
Phoebe Lowe- silver 
Laura Taylor- 6th 

All round 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Level 2:
Sophie Hughes: 
Hoop 2B- silver 
Ribbon 2A- fourth 
Ball 2B- gold 
Clubs 2b- silver 
All round- 2A bronze 

Kirsty Robertson:
Hoop 2C- silver 
Ball 2C- gold 
Clubs 2B- bronze
Ribbon 2C- gold 
All round- 2A fourth

Amy Clarke 
Hoop 2B- fourth 
Ball 2B- bronze
Ribbon 2A- 6th
Club 2C- silver
All round 2C- silver 

Level 3:
Felicity Martin 
Rope 3A- gold
Ribbon 3A- silver 
Clubs 3A- fifth 
Ball 3A- fifth 
All round 3A- fourth 

Elizabeth Cooper
Ribbon 3C- gold 
Clubs 3C- silver 
Rope 3B- fourth 
Ball 3B- sixth 
All round 3C- bronze 

Level 4:
Alison Mackenzie 
Ball- Gold 
Hoop- gold 
Clubs- gold 
Ribbon- bronze 
All round- silver 

Group ball (Sophie Hughes, Felicity Martin, Kirsty Robertson, Phoebe Lowe): gold

Group step/floor (Laura Taylor, Amy Clark, Alison Mackenzie, Elizabeth Cooper): gold 

Judo:

Head Coach Jo said:

Kathleen Inglis (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland) - 3rd place and a Bronze Medal for Kathleen. Kathleen was ecstatic to have been selected for these Games and had a positive attitude and has enjoyed her judo and the games.

Sarah Scott (North Shields, Tyne and Wear) – 4th place. Sarah tried her hardest on the day and was over joyed when she beat her Finnish opponent.

Harry Farley (Rye, East Sussex) - 2nd place silver medal. Harry moved up a level to level 2, he was a superstar, first major competition and competed like a mature athlete.

Thomas Farley (Rye, East Sussex) - 2nd place silver medal. Thomas had an excellent games moving from level 3 up to level 2 where he performed fantastically.

Christopher Murphy (Glasgow, Scotland) - 2nd place and silver for Christopher who is a great ambassador for judo.  He was gracious in victory as well as in defeat - a true sportsman.

Holly Tadman (South East) - 1st place gold medal.  Holly’s group was tough with a few of her fights being hard work. Holly worked really hard and is credit to judo.

Kayaking: Kathryn Smith (Kenilworth, Warkwickshire); Adrian Abbott (St. Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales); Stephen Beynon (Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales); Steven Dodd (Plymouth, Devon); James Savory (Barry, Vale of Glamorgan); Andrew Williams (Whitechurch, Cardiff).

This kayaking team is laden with great performances and medals.
200m kayaking sprint all K1 
Steven Dodd- silver 
James Savory - 5th
Adrian Abbott - silver 
Andrew Williams - bronze 
Kathryn smith - silver 
Stephen Beynon - silver 

500m kayak sprint
K2 - James Savory & Stephen Beynon - silver
K1 - Andrew Williams - Gold
K1 - Adrian Abbott - bronze 
K1 -Kathryn smith - 5th
K1 - Stephen Beynon - 4th
K1 - Steven Dodd - silver
K1 - James Savory -- 5th

Total medals 
Gold---- 1
Silver---7
Bronze- 2
4th --- 1
5th--- 3

Coach Andrew says: “I am so proud of my squad, they all work so hard to get what they have achieved.”

Powerlifting: Laura Boag (Dundee); Helen Burton (Bradford, West Yorkshire); Paul Booth (Crieff, Perthshire); James Crossley (East Morton, Keighley), Robert Simpson (Forfar, Angus); Chris Woodhead (Bradford, West Yorkshire).

Following injuries, Laura ended.up taking part in the Double combo instead of the triple - gaining three silver.

Helen Burton has the time of her life and has smiled throughout the experience and games and gained 4 silver medals in her competition.

Chris Woodhead aka ‘Smiler’ charmed the audience and the heart of the crowd while gaining 4 bronze medals .

James Crossley aka ‘Usain Bolt’ spinted to a personal best in his deadlift of 155kg coming home with one 4th place one bronze  medal and two silvers.

Paul Booth faced fierce competition in the 93kg class and through pour determination and commitment he was awarded a 4th place with a personal best lift of 137.5kg in squat, whilst securing a gold for bench, 4th for deadlift and bronze for total.

Robert Simpson overcame his nerves and personal challenges both throughout his competition.  The whole experience means he has gained many personal achievements plus a bronze and three silver medals.

Table Tennis: Jessica Bromley (Wolverhampton); Emma Hunt (Wolverhampton); Simon Green (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire); Simon Richardson (Montrose) 

Coach Kevin said:  It was the final day of competition for the Table Tennis Team with the Mixed Doubles event.  The great news is that Simon Richardson teamed up with Emma Hunt to beat the pairing from Ireland in their final match to secure a BRONZE.  This ensured that they all travel back home with a least one medal.

Emma was inspirational at guiding Simon on the comeback trail after losing the first set (8-11), running out 3-1 winners with close sets (11-6, 11-8 and 11-9).  Well done Emma and Simon.

In our other mixed doubles partnership, Jessica and Simon Green won both their opening matches against Nigeria (3-1) and Lithuania (3-0), this set up a Gold medal match against their Hungarian counterparts.  Unfortunately, they could not replicate their singles form and lost in straight sets to win a SILVER medal. The Hungarians took a deserved Gold.   Disappointed with their performance, knowing that they both have played a lot better, but if someone had offered me our final medal tally at the start of the competition, he would have gladly accepted it.

As per the lead up prior to the Games, the team gelled very well and supported each other.  Although initially Simon Green and Emma Hunt were selected to play in the Unified Experience competition on Friday evening, due to a few Athletes not present, Simon Richardson and Jessica were all invited to play.

They had a great time and were presented with an Orange T-Shirt and also a complimentary Unified Experience Gold Medal.  All the hard training that they had put in, has paid off and resulted in the Medal Tally below:

GOLD                         Jessica                                  Female Singles
                                 
Simon Green                         Male Singles

SILVER                      Emma                                  Female Singles (Same group as Jess)
                                 
Emma & Jessica                    Female Doubles
                                 
Jessica & Simon G                 Mixed Doubles

BRONZE                    Emma and Simon R               Mixed Double

4th Place                  Simon Richardson                  Men’s Singles
                                
Simon and Simon                  Male Doubles

                     G        S         B        4th
Jessica            1        2        0          0
Simon G          1        1        0          1
Emma             0        2        1          0
Simon R          0        0        1          2

Jessica has competed previously at the 1995 World Summer Games in Gymnastics but this time in her current choice of Table Tennis.  She played extremely well in the Singles and both Emma and her put on a Great British spectacle in their head-to-head match.  To finish with 1 Gold and 2 Silvers is a fantastic achievement.

Emma was the talk of the town with her hair style, but she brought her ‘A’ game to the table. Unbeaten by other delegations, she pushed her teammate close in the Singles. She then supported Jessica very well in the doubles and deservedly won Silver.  Her crowning glory was guiding and supporting Simon Richardson to a brilliant Bronze medal in the mixed doubles, ensuring Simon went home with a medal along with his teammates.

Simon Green performed extremely well in his Singles, winning all 4 matches against strong opponents to secure a fabulous Gold. He supported Simon Richardson well in the double and were unfortunate not to win one of their matches (after leading 2-0) which would have secured a Bronze. Although a disappointing display in his final match in the Mixed doubles with Jessica, he still secured a Silver medal to round off a successful week of competition.

Simon Richardson was the quiet one of the team. He played steadily throughout the week and appeared to play better today with his new replacement glasses from the Healthy Athletes programme. It was fantastic to see him secure a Bronze medal in the mixed doubles with Emma.

In all, it was a very successful week for the Table Tennis team. Gail and I are very proud of their achievements, along with the whole Team GB.  They are fantastic ambassadors for Special Olympics Great Britain and will go home tired but very satisfied with their achievements.

Gail and I would like say it has been an absolute pleasure to be their Coaches and thank them all for their hard work. We would also like to thank all the other Coaches, Physiotherapists, Laura (HOD), Mary and Emily (HODs), Paul (S&W) who all contributed to an incredible experience.

Tennis: Laura Campbell (Haxby, York); Lucy Porteous (Kelso, Scotland); Oliver Beadle (Upminster, Essex); Aiden Leighton (Leicester, Leicestershire).

What an amazing final day, Saturday, for #TeamSOGB tennis!

9am saw Aiden playing his final against Ahmed Gouily (Egypt). Aiden brought his 'A' game to the court and won the match 4-2 4-1 to take the gold medal.

This match was followed by Olly Beadle playing his final against Tom Thierie (Belgium). A much stronger player than Olly competed against in his 1st round match, Olly needed to keep focused and serve consistently to beat a steady opponent. Having taken the 1st set, the 2nd set was much more evenly contested with Olly coming out the victor to win the gold medal 6-2 6-4.

Next up was Laura Campbell in Team GB's last final of the day. Laura was up against Kelly Toex, a strong player from Luxembourg. After two close games at the beginning of the 1st set, which Laura managed to win, there was then a strong service game putting Laura 3-0 ahead.  Kelly struggled to find her form and Laura capitalised on this taking the gold medal by 4-0 4-0.

Over the last 18 months, all the players have been working hard on specific areas of their game together with a comprehensive fitness programme. The improvement and performance of each of them has shown that hard work has its rewards. Every player has improved so much and they are now playing with more confidence and belief in their abilities.

Since being selected the players have:

Olly - become more consistent in rallying, waiting for the opportunity to win points and focusing more during a match.
Aiden - increased the amount of tennis he was getting weekly and having specific match play sessions to develop his game in a match situation.
Laura - worked hard to improve her movement around the court and build better endurance to enable her to stay in a rally longer.
Lucy - before was only able to serve underarm and can now serve overarm consistently, she has also improved her fitness levels and movement around the court. 

Tennis Medals total:
Olly Beadle – Men’s Singles Level 5+ Gold; Mixed Doubles Level 5 Gold
Laura Campbell - Ladies Singles Level 5 Gold; Mixed Doubles Level 5 Gold
Aiden Leighton - Men's Singles Level 4 Gold; Mixed Doubles Level 4 Gold
Lucy Porteous - Ladies Singles Level 4 Bronze; Mixed Doubles Level 4 Gold

Coaches Lesley & Mel are very proud of the achievements of all of the tennis team. They have been a pleasure to be with and to work with. Congratulations to you all.  A big thank you to all the families, friends and Jo Farquharson (Tennis Foundation) who came out to support us as well as staff, coaches and athletes from #TeamSOGB.



SAT 1ST AUG 2015

Football 11 a side: A fantastic win for the #TEAMSOGB football 11 a side team in a fierce game against Ireland. A fantastic performance form Dean Lawrie set the team off on the front foot and Ben Kelly shot the team in front in the opening stages of the game.  Andy Fulton followed up with his eighth goal of the tournament before Matthew Dodds added to the tally. Sean McCulloch rose like a Californian sea lion in the box to head home the team’s fourth goal. Ireland fought back to reduce the lead to two goals but SOGB managed to keep a comfortable lead until the final whistle. The team will play Bangladesh for Gold and World Champion status in the final of the competition at 10.30am LA time on Saturday. 
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/627247504308842500

Basketball:  This team became history makers giving #TEAMSOGB a gold medal in basketball.  The match against China was won in rather unusual circumstances as our friends from Asia did not turn up on time and, therefore, forfeited the game.  This should not take away from the form and displays of #TEAMSOGB through to the final.  Well done coach Jazz and her golden boys! https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/627266078712803329

Unified Football: Lost 2-0 in the Gold medal Final against a resolute Austria but we are so proud of these lads - who could easily have won this game. The Austrian goalkeeper was saving them with al parts – including his face!  An emotional #TEAMSOGB coach Scott, cheerleader Audley Harrison, James and the players show their class in this video.
http://youtu.be/-1vr4W4f_HQ
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/627179949783302144

In the News – just samples of the mountains of #TEAMSOGB coverage:
Special Olympics GB has never had coverage like this!  #TEAMSOGB #progress #newera

http://www.dailynews.com/events/20150729/congo-runners-win-silver-bronze-in-nations-first-special-olympics

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13344229/special-olympics-great-britain-daniel-wolff-wins-400m-gold-world-games-
follow-great-grandfather-footsteps

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33705440

…and another couple from Kate at the BBC - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33743998

BBC North - http://youtu.be/A7TUnZDYpaI

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2015-07-28/team-gb-hits-hollywood-for-this-years-special-olympics/

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13310832/special-olympics-world-games-british-athletes-giving-back

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/13521552.Two_Keighley_powerlifters_win_seven_medals_at_Special_
Olympics_World_Games/

http://m.surreycomet.co.uk/sport/13508973.Athletics__Special_Olympics_gold_is_dream_come_true_for_Worcester_
Park_s_Wolff/

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2015-07-28/team-gb-hits-hollywood-for-this-years-special-olympics/

http://youtu.be/27OdQEpVfoc

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13310832/special-olympics-world-games-british-athletes-giving-back

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-33667449

http://youtu.be/zG33yCXz1x8http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-
wonder-headline-special-olympics-opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/13498153.Haworth_and_East_Morton_athletes_prepare_for_World_
Games_competition_in_Los_Angeles/

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/oakham-basketball-player-chris-heads-to-special-olympics-in-
los-angeles-1-6866978

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/sport/13497748.Woman_set_for_coaching_role_in_Special_Olympics/http://www.
itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-wonder-headline-special-olympics-opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

Bocce:  Well done to Grace Duncan who has secured a gold medal in Bocce – the first time #TEAMSOGB has entered the sport at a World Games.  Colin Robertson, with his winning smile, stuck to his task very well but fell just outside the medals.

Bowling: Coach Kim has been very happy with her team Debbie Killoh, Kay Paynter, Duncan Reid and Richard Cooke.  As a group they got a team bronze and also a bronze in the men’s doubles.  There was a 4th place in the ladies doubles and also a 4th and 5th place in the ladies singles. We will find out the men’s final result in tomorrow’s last diary entry.

Open Water: Long day for the guys having to get to the beach and start prep. The guys have been working through a strategy for the last 3 days. I had a feeling Jamie would knock 30 secs off and James 1 min 30 secs. This is exactly what they did and both come away with medals on a physical demanding and strategic sport. The guys have had elbows and kicks to the face and all kinds, they enjoyed the intensity and came away smiling with a silver medal each.   Swimmers James and Jamie - together with coach Chris - discuss their Open Water experience at the World Games and their silvers.  .http://youtu.be/HELEOfX11bw

Tennis: Lucy had her bronze/4th place match at 9am against Patricia Romo (Mexico). Lucy took an early first set lead with some excellent tennis winning 4-1. In the 2nd set, Patricia played more solidly and took the set 4-2, taking the match to a 3rd set deciding match tie-break. Lucy went 0-5 down but made an excellent comeback to level the score at 5-5. The points were then swinging from one player to another, with good play from both players. Lucy just edged out the match winning 13-11 to take the bronze medal for Team GB. Superb Lucy!

Ex professional tennis players, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang & Pam Shriver visited the tennis today which was a nice touch. 

Following Lucy's match, the team were able to visit Santa Monica beach and everyone had a great time paddling in the sea, playing on the sand and having an ice cream on the world famous Santa Monica Pier.

Saturday's gold/silver medal matches – LA times:
Aiden Leighton plays Ahmed Gouily (Egypt) at 9am
Olly Beadle plays Tom Thierie (Belgium) at 10am
Laura Campbell plays Kelly Toex (Luxembourg) at 10am

Kayaking:  Another memorable day for this team and their coaches - laden with great performances and medals.

200m kayaking sprint all K1 
Steven Dodd- silver 
James Savory - 5th
Adrian Abbott - silver 
Andrew Williams - bronze 
Kathryn smith - silver 
Stephen Beynon - silver 

500m kayak sprint
K2 - James Savory & Stephen Beynon - silver
K1 - Andrew Williams - Gold
K1 - Adrian Abbott - bronze 
K1 -Kathryn smith - 5th
K1 - Stephen Beynon - 4th
K1 - Steven Dodd - silver
K1 - James Savory -- 5th

Total medals 
Gold---- 1
Silver---7
Bronze- 2
4th --- 1
5th--- 3

Coach Andrew says: “I am so proud of my squad, they all work so hard to get what they have achieved.”

Swimming:  Another great day at the pool for #TEAMSOGB.  This morning in the 4x25m freestyle relay, the team knocked 28 seconds off their entry time which is amazing.   On Friday afternoon, Jonathon has just won the bronze medal for the 25m freestyle. Great work by all the swimmers - and only one more medal opportunity to come tomorrow so fingers crossed for the relay!! 

Table tennis:  Simon Green and Simon Richardson played to the best of their ability and were rewarded with a 4th Place.  Jessica and Emma had a slow start losing the first set against their Nigerian opponents before winning the next 3 comfortably.  They followed this with a straight sets (3-0) win against Indonesia and then the same score against Korea (including one of the Athletes that the both beat comfortably in the Singles yesterday).  This set up a Gold medal match against Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong doubles team were very experienced and played the perfect doubles game (strong spinny serves and returns) to win 3-0.  The girls took a deserved SILVER medal.

Current Medal count for the Table Tennis Team as below :
GOLD – 2 - Simon Green (Singles) and Jessica Bromley (Singles)
SILVER- 2 - Emma Hunt (Singles), Emma and Jessica (Doubles)
4th - 2 - Simon Richardson (Singles), Simon Green and Simon Richardson (Doubles)

Both Simon Green and Emma Hunt were selected to participate in the Unified Sports Experience for Table Tennis on Friday evening.  Mixed doubles will be played tomorrow morning (Saturday 01/08/2015).  The Awards ceremony for all the Doubles events will take place tomorrow afternoon.

Judo: Thomas Farley was the last of the GB judo competitors to compete today on the last judo day of the Special Olympic World Summer Games 2015. Thomas was looking to add to his previous European Gold Medal success.

Thomas was division in to level 2 M10 category , where his first opponent of the day was the German - Kevin Brezina. The German was a strong opponent and threw Thomas with a sweep to the back to score wazari (7 points). Thomas managed a couple of nice foot sweeps and finally throwing his opponent for Ippon with a lovely Ashiwaza (foot sweep) to finish the contest.

2nd contest against the Burkina Fasco - Abourazaque Aporow.  Within the first couple do exchanges, Thomas went a Yuko down (5 point score). Thomas was finding it hard to get the measure of the Burkina Fasco player.  While Thomas was attacking well, his opponent attacked with a lovely De Ashi Bari (foot sweep) and score Ippon to finish the contest.

3rd opponent - Cote D’Ivoire’s Yassine Kamara.   Thomas was early into the contest and threw his opponent with a beautiful O Uchi Gake (inside Hook) but unfortunately touched below the waist, so the score did not count. At the next exchange, Thomas threw with Uchi Mata (inner thigh) for Ippon - this ended the contest.

Thomas’ 4th contest was against Kristofer Thoernqvist from Sweden. Thomas managed to score a Yuko early on in the contest. Thomas then tried a combination attack but was unable to score with it.  Soon after, Thomas once again threw with Uchi Mata to end the contest with the win and to take a well- deserved silver medal.

Golf:  Head Coach Jamie said: “Today got a bit nerve jangling for the coaches but at the end of play, I could not be happier or prouder to be Head Coach to this bunch of lads.  It was always going to be tough for George Brunt after his first two excellent rounds put him in a higher division than I would have expected. So it did not come as a huge surprise that when George went back to the tank one final time - the tank was literally empty. The heat and effort he has put in over the first three rounds took its toll and George finished 6th - a very delighted 6th I may add.

“Alistair Robertson finished with a 90 - but his two excellent middle rounds enabled him to take a bronze. A smile, wide as the Clyde, showed what it meant to him and it will be a very proud young man heading back to Glasgow on Tuesday.

“David Alexander also came away with a bronze - to go with his gold from Athens. We thought he had blown his chance with his first 7 of the week  but again his previous three fantastic rounds pulled him through.

“Robert Wright went into the final round in first place - but he did not know it. Being a little nervous, details of his progress were kept secret from him.  So, when at the end of his round he found out he had won a gold, in front of his mother, sister & his dad (my assistant coach) the scenes were fantastic. Bobbie has played great golf all week & thoroughly deserves his success.

“Can I just add that a great deal of credit - allowing the lads to reach these heights - is in no small measure attributable to the four fantastic caddies they had for the week. Plaudits to them and we will be staying in touch.”

Athletics: An excited Ellen has just been on to say: “What a cracking day! Our medal tally just keeps growing!  Today saw finals for Mitchell, Leslie and Jennifer! Mitchell walked away with a silver in the 100m! Leslie bagged two medals - bronze in the softball throw, and silver in his 100m (which considering up until yesterday he was in the 50m, that's pretty good!).  Jennifer came away with 5th place in her 200m with amazing support from the Samoan team - whose voices filled the stands!  Great day all round! 

#‎TEAMSOGB ‪#‎ProudCoach

Powerlifting: Helen Burton had some very consistent lifting - keeping her cool and good technique.  Helen finishes with four silvers, however, the final two medals were only finalised on the results of the last lift.  Paul was in a very difficult group and he still managed to fight for a 4th place and personal best in his squat.  He got a gold medal in his bench, then fourth in his deadlift and finally bronze overall today with a 417.5kg total.  This is a special group of powerlifters.

Equestrian: A fabulous Friday for this team. There was a Gold medal for Sam and a silver for Lyn in the equestrian trail. https://twitter.com/coxformat/status/627207146497675264

Charlotte also got a silver in the afternoon session.  Georgina goes on Saturday morning at 10.36 am LA time.  https://twitter.com/LA15_equestrian/status/626951900206731265

Artistic Gymnastics: Today was another busy day for the gymnastics team, with David, Ramsay, James and Andrew taking to the competition floor to complete their six routines. They all completed their routines well and are ready for the finals tomorrow. Next saw Thomas compete for the final time at the games, followed by Jen and Eloise who were also performing for the last time.
https://twitter.com/Portland_Physio/status/627228730197278720

They all did fantastic and here are their results from today:
Thomas 
Floor - 1st 
Pommel - 1st 
Rings - 3rd 
Vault - 5th 
P Bar - 3rd 
H Bar - 3rd
All around - 2nd 

Eloise
Vault - 7th 
Bars - 1st 
Beam - 2nd
Floor - 6th
All around - 4th

Jen 
Vault - 4th
Bars - 3rd
Beam - 1st 
Floor - 1st 
All around - 2nd 

The coaches were very proud of all the competitors today and wish the best of luck to the rest of the team competing tomorrow!! 



FRI 31ST JULY 2015

#TEAMSOGB World Games Medals Tally - after 5 full days of sport
29 Gold
28 Sliver
11 Bronze
14 Fourth placed
Total – 68 Medals

Special Olympics World Games Kayaking – Unified, Teamwork & Unity: #TEAMSOGB’s Steven Dodd and Kathryn Smith take over the camera and talk about Unified Kayaking, teamwork, unity and being great friends through sport.  They really just about have life cracked these two!  Might just be the best thing you watch today!  http://youtu.be/tFhUbvnwDbg

Unified Football: Special Olympics GB are through to the World Cup Final in Los Angeles tomorrow at 10.00am (LA time – Friday, Balboa, Encino, LA).  They secured their place with a single goal win against Austria – their third straight win in the group stage.  Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. #TEAMSOGB

Darren McCluskey from Glasgow fired home from close range when he got on the end of a cross from the left from Mitchell Presland in order to set up a showpiece occasion.  Watch reaction to the boys victory from John Beckett, Alistair Gillies, James Parker and Mitchell Presland.  Video:  http://youtu.be/thTZIpf3vVU

So, the Unified Football 7 a side team are in the Gold medal match (World Final) today (Friday) at Balboa Sports Centre at 10 am LA time (20 mins each way to determine Gold). Spread the word – free to get in!

11 a side Football:  Massive game for #TEAMSOGB also - the 11 a side boys (kick-off at 10.30am) at Drake Stadium in the UCLA campus against Ireland!

Kayaking results:
500m Kayak Sprint Results
K2 - James Savory & Stephen Beynon - silver
K1 - Andrew Williams - Gold
K1 - Adrian Abbott - bronze 
K1 -Kathryn Smith - 5th
K1 - Stephen Beynon - 4th
K1 - Steven Dodd - silver
K1 - James Savory - 5th

Andrew and Angela are very happy and proud coaches of #TEAMSOGB Kayaking.  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626929263367712769

Wonderful Kate Monaghan and the BBC: thank you for another fabulous story telling of our athletes - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33705440

Newsround: #TEAMSOGB Feature - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/30151714

Cycling: After a wonderful Wednesday, #TEAMSOGB had a terrific Thursday with a further four medals.  Leanne Peters picked up her second medal – this time a silver to add to her bronze.  Kiera Byland secured her second and then third gold of these World Games in just two days.  What a superstar.  Andrew Sinclair won his first medal and it was a golden one for the 10km road race.  Cracking Kiera: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626980917983080449

Table Tennis: Simon Green and Simon Richardson collected their respective Gold medals and 4th Place ribbon this morning.  Jessica and Emma then prepared for ‘Battle of Britain' in the Singles Combined Division.  Jessica beat her opponent from Uzbekistan in straight games as Emma beat her Korean opponent in similar fashion.  This then lead to the much anticipated battle of the Brits.  They produced a high quality match with Jessica winning 11-7, 11-7 12-10. Emma was very unlucky not to take the 3rd set.  Jessica then overwhelmed her Korean opponent only conceding a total of 5 points in her straight sets win to secure the GOLD.  Meantime, Emma produced a fantastic performance to outclass her Uzbekistan opponent to confirm SILVER medal.  The Awards Ceremony is Friday morning at 10:00 LA time and both girls with be side by side collecting their thoroughly deserved medals.  Gail and Kevin are extremely proud of their achievements and proves that practice does mean success. Friday sees the two Simons team up in the Male Doubles and Jess and Emma in the Female Doubles.  Play is due to commence at 9:00 local time.

Athletics: Well done Steven Bryce for his silver in the 800 meters – Steve’s first medal in these World Games and a very popular member of the team.  Jordan Okonta, another brilliant team member, picked up Gold late in the day in the high jump with a leap of 1m 65.  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626949660502966272

Open Water:  The first time this sport has been part of the World Games – James and Jamie have made history by picking up medals – each with a silver.  Well done to the lads from Essex and Lancashire, respectively.  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626946164340867073
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626925718484615168

Basketball:  Now this is some achievement against very tough opposition.  #TEAMSOGB has secured their place in Friday's gold medal game with a 21-19 win over China. With 10.1 seconds on the clock, tied at 19, George sank two free throws resulting in team GB winning the group! Fantastic game, though a little too close for the coaching staff and spectators - but the guys played their socks off. Jazz is beaming and a very proud coach! The big tip-off is 4.30 pm LA time

Badminton: Another good day for this excellent team.  Kevin won his remaining two matches this morning to secure the silver medal.  Karen had only three matches to play in her group. She has won 1 and lost 2 and this should guarantee bronze medal. Confirmation of results not available until all singles groups are completed on Friday.  Elizabeth has played 3 matches, won 1, lost 2 and has 1 more singles match to play tomorrow morning.  We are now just waiting on Awards Ceremonies for Lloyd Crawley's excellent gold and Kevin's silver medal. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626972238990831616

Tennis: Men's Singles first round started today. Olly beat Jeffrey Scott (USA) 6-0 6-0 in the Men's Level 5+ and Aiden had a really tense and close match beating Ahsan Anwar (Pakistan) 5-4 5-4 in the Men's Level 4 (Olly does play to 6 games while others only play short sets). This puts both players through to the final to play for the gold or silver medals on Saturday. Aiden will play at 9am and Olly at 10am.  The day finished with the Doubles Medal ceremony when Olly & Laura and Aiden & Lucy received their gold medals for winning their Mixed doubles divisions yesterday. Lucy will play her Ladies Singles Level 4 match for bronze/fourth place on Friday against Patricia Romo (Mexico) at 9am and Laura will play her gold/silver Level 5 singles final on Saturday at 10am against Kelly Toex (Luxembourg).  Team tennis pic:  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626966286644305920

Swimming:  Well done Welsh wizard Matthew Allen pic: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626972940643385344

Equestrian: Dressage on Thursday and our athletes went and secured another hatful of medals and top performances.  Lynn got another gold and Sam a second silver. Jason demonstrated true bravery in his attempt with a spooky horse who didn't like the big screen.  In the afternoon, Charlotte got silver and Georgina struck gold on a massive 81% score.  https://twitter.com/LA15_equestrian/status/626951900206731265

Judo: What a day on the judo mats and what a young lady we have in athlete Miss Holly Tadman.  Holly stood out at last year’s European Games and competed today at the Word Games in UCLA’s student Activity Centre, Los Angeles. Holly first opponent was against the Greek player Paraskevi Bogiatzi.  Holly was looking confident and composed when she took to the mat.  This contest was an equal match between the Greek and Holly - the contest went to full time with both players trying to gain a score. The contest then continued into Golden score (extra time 1 minute) again with no score and finally it went to the referees decision where Holly was awarded the fight.  Excellent match.  Holly’s second contest was against Andrea Thomann from Germany.  The German was looking good in her first fight against the Swedish player, winning by Ippon (10 points score). The German came out strong  attacking with O Soto Gari (out side sweep) several times.  Holly managed to counter the German to score for a Wazari (7 point score), just missing out on the hold down. Finally, Holly managed to hold her opponent down for Ippon to take the win.  Final contest was against the Swedish player Johanna Sjoestrand. The Swedish player made it difficult for Holly to get a grip and the Swede player was starting to be worn down by Holly and tire.  Holly was very focused.  The contest went to full time (3 minutes) which took the fight into Golden score,  Holly throw her opponent for a Yuko (5 point score) to take the match and the Gold Medal.  How proud are we of Heroine Holly?  So proud.  Pic: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626968281262350336

Powerlifting: Laura Boag – so proud of this young lady, 72kg Double Combination Silver in the bench press and deadlift.  Also, 2nd place overall. Laura, we love it!

Artistic Gymnastics: The team had one of their busiest days so far today, as it was the start of their divisioning competitions. The morning competition was for the level 1 boys which meant that Thomas completed his 6 routines and his coaches were very pleased with his performance. The next session was the turn of the level 1 girls and as with the morning session Eloise and Jennifer completed their four routines to a very high standard. Finally, in the evening, it was time for the level 3 and 4 girls to perform their routines. It was an exciting competition with both Holly and Georgia completing their four routines amazingly well!! It was a fantastic day and they should all be very proud of themselves!! Good luck to the rest of the boys tomorrow!! 

Golf: Far from being a one off yesterday's ALL the golfers continued to play golf under their stated handicap.  Thankfully, all of the 18 holers have been put in separate divisions, giving them all a shout at medalling.  George has been put in a tough 9 hole division - as a result of his first two rounds - but he is holding his own, with the support of family members.  Both Rob & myself, Jamie – coaches - are incredibly proud of the effort and scores these players are producing in such difficult conditions - heat wise.  Let's hope for one more day of fantastic golf & we will see what happens awards wise. Coaches are looking for one final push from his lads – but couldn’t be prouder.

Rhythmic Gymnastics:  Full award list completed –

Level one:
Ribbon 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Ball 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Hoop 
Phoebe Lowe- silver 
Laura Taylor- bronze 

Rope
Phoebe Lowe- silver 
Laura Taylor- 6th 

All round 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor- 4th 

Level 2:
Sophie Hughes: 
Hoop 2B- silver 
Ribbon 2A- fourth 
Ball 2B- gold 
Clubs 2b- silver 
All round- 2A bronze 

Kirsty Robertson:
Hoop 2C- silver 
Ball 2C- gold 
Clubs 2B- bronze
Ribbon 2C- gold 
All round- 2A fourth

Amy Clarke 
Hoop 2B- fourth 
Ball 2B- bronze
Ribbon 2A- 6th
Club 2C- silver
All round 2C- silver 

Level 3:
Felicity Martin 
Rope 3A- gold
Ribbon 3A- silver 
Clubs 3A- fifth 
Ball 3A- fifth 
All round 3A- fourth 

Elizabeth cooper
Ribbon 3C- gold 
Clubs 3C- silver 
Rope 3B- fourth 
Ball 3B- sixth 
All round 3C- bronze 

Level 4:
Alison Mackenzie 
Ball- Gold 
Hoop- gold 
Clubs- gold 
Ribbon- bronze 
All round- silver 

Group ball (Sophie Hughes, Felicity Martin, Kirsty Robertson, Phoebe Lowe): gold

Group step/floor (Laura Taylor, Amy Clark, Alison Mackenzie, Elizabeth Cooper): gold  

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http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/13498153.Haworth_and_East_Morton_athletes_prepare_for_World_Games_
competition_in_Los_Angeles/

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/oakham-basketball-player-chris-heads-to-special-olympics-in-los-angeles-1-6866978

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/sport/13497748.Woman_set_for_coaching_role_in_Special_Olympics/


THURS 30TH JULY 2015

Athletics: A golden day for Daniel Wolff – nearly 80 years on from his Great Grandfathers’ Olympic Games success in Berlin.  Overcoming adversity and doing his Olympic Gold great grandfather proud, Daniel’s personal words here are a must read – please go to twitter/facebook here at link: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626514992234299392

I’ll be back: We caught up with Governor, film star, Terminator and long-time ambassador for Special Olympics, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to promote Austria’s hosting of the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2017.  http://youtu.be/smmOIV5178A

Charlotte Cox and Mikael Undrom - Special Olympics GB’s top gymnast and golfer – have been made stars in LA by appearing on billboards and outdoor advertising 50 meters tall!  Well done Charlotte and Mikael for being such great athlete ambassadors.
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626377041886064640
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626372995943010305

Great picture here of Kayaker James Savory celebrating a superb Wednesday performance: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626504838151475201

Cycling:  Jamie Staff is not only an Olympic Gold cyclist from Beijing but a class act and a top gentleman – providing a motivational session at the start of finals days for our #TEAMSOGB cyclists. He was a lucky charm. See video: http://youtu.be/w1nIqoQnNig

Ruairidh Brown (East Kilbride, Scotland) picked up his second silver of these Games, while Kiera Byland (Bolton) took Gold with an incredible performance.  There were medals also for the brilliant David Jackson and Leanne Peters.  Coach Tom picks up the story:

“The First race for GB team cycle had Dan Weston and Ruairidh Brown competing in the same division. After the demanding 25km Road Race on Tuesday there wasn't much time for recovery for our 2 riders. A brilliant tactical race ensued resulting in a fantastic sprint to the finish with all 8 riders still in contention. Ruairidh Brown just being pipped on the line to win his second silver medal with Dan following to get a 6th place with the field only being split by 3 seconds.  Andrew Sinclair was next to race and on his second ever 15km road race. Andrew came in a very respectable 4th place.  The ladies race followed where Kiera Byland broke away from the group very early and pushed home that advantage to take the first Gold for cycling.  In the afternoon the 5km time trial took place in the heat of the sun. After some delay starting the event, David Jackson rode an incredible race, faster than we have ever seen him go, and come home in a convincing 2nd place. David was very pleased with his performance stating that he really liked the heat and that he had gone really fast today much better than yesterday where he went like a snail.  The team’s final medal of the day was won by Leanne Peters who came in third to take a bronze.  Leanne’s performance was the best we had ever seen and was riding well above her normal standard. Leanne wasn't totally pleased with her performance as was rather sweaty when she finished but we know she is just brilliant.  Thursday, all but Daniel is in action with 5 riders riding with the potential of winning 8 medals overall - within the 10km RR and TT races. Ruairidh recovery from his bad fall is good and his attitude even better, what a brave 16 year old, my hero.”

Athletics:  Coach Ellen is thrilled with her team and expecting a good day today (Thursday) with:
Steven Bryce and Daniel Wolff in 800m FINAL @ 9.42am 
Jordan Okonta in the High Jump FINAL (guaranteed a medal) @ 13.00 
Les is being moved into 100m so won't be running in the 50m FINAL
Jennifer Kitchener in the 100m @ 15.19

Badminton:  Great news from this fantastic team.  Men’s Singles were played and Lloyd Crawley completed his matches, winning all 3 matches comfortably in straight games, 2 - 0 each time. This should guarantee him the gold medal position but the official results and medals have not been announced as yet.  Kevin Trebilcock played 2 of his 4 matches, won 1, lost 1. His remaining matches will be played on Thursday at 9 and 11 am.  Karen Lyttle and Elizabeth Haywood take up their singles challenge on Thursday at 9.30 and noon.

Swimming: Another medal in the pool this time for Matt Allen - he has got bronze in the 50m backstroke!  Well done Matt.

Open Water:  The boys are back in action at 12.30 (LA time) on Thursday - so a lot will be happening on the beach. It's the final of the open water competition. Wednesday was spent preparing and cheering on #TEAMSOGB athletics and swimming.

Golf: Fantastic play today by all from #TeamSOGB Golf.  Again, very hot & very long rounds - but the lads stuck to the job.  Two of the players, Alistair & Bobbie, posted their best ever scores, while George equalled his best,.  No matter what happens from now on in - they have the memory of having played their best golf, so far, at a World Games.  Here's hoping for a repeat performance today.

Equestrian: Amazing #TEAMSOGB Equestrian!  After pulling in five medals – a gold for each of the team and silver for Sam - today (Thursday) is another huge day for our riders with medal events.  What they said:
Sam: I did ok (very modest is our Super Sam) with my silver medal.  My question was what about tomorrow - win more?  How?  Just believe!
Jason: I followed the plan and having watched the others I stuck to it. I can't believe it.
Charlotte: I feel amazing because I thought I was going to get silver. I didn't think I'd do good enough but when I found out, my heart flipped.
Georgina: I'm pleased with myself.  I tried my best I got a medal.  I feel so happy.
Lynn: It went really well. It feels amazing. I've never felt like this before.

LA Times for riders today:
9:24  Lynn
10:36 Sam
2:18 Charlotte
11:32 Jason
2:10 Georgina

Kayaking:
The running times for the 500m for Thursday is:-
9:00- K2-James Savory & Stephen Beynon
9:20- K1- Andrew Williams & Adrian Abbott
10:00-K1- Kathryn smith 
10:30-K1- Stephen Beynon
11:00-K1- Stephen Dodd & James Savory 

Tennis:  A golden day for #TEAMSOGB tennis. Today the players competed in the Mixed doubles.  Olly Beadle & Laura Campbell played Michael Wren & Madison Wall (Australia) in the first round of Level 5 Mixed doubles and came out winners 4-2 4-1.

Aiden Leighton & Lucy Porteous played Thomas Wendt & Susanne Steffen (Germany) in the first round of Level 4 Mixed doubles and came through a close match winning 5-4 5-3.  Their next matches were for gold or silver medals.  Olly & Laura beat Nadav Sarfati & Ofir Avishay (Israel) 4-0 4-0 to win tennis' first gold medals.

This was followed very shortly after with Aiden & Lucy winning further gold medals when they beat Shunji Tobita & Akina Horiguchi (Nippon (Japan)) 5-4 4-1.

We are so proud of our tennis coaches and players.

Today the Men's Singles 1st rounds will be played.
Oliver Beadle 11am
Aiden Leighton 12pm

Judo: The judo athletes were divided into preliminary groups, from there they had to perform a structured activity. The officials are looking at balance, speed, agility and strength as well as equal weight. The #TEAMSOGB athletes were brilliant giving there all at each activity.  The results of the Divisioning were excellent, all the GB athletes are in separate pools. Kathleen Inglis is in a group of 5 other judoka (judo players), Sarah Scott in a group of 5, Holly Tadman in a group 4, Christopher Murphy in a group of 4, Thomas Farley in a group of 4 and Harry Farley in a group of 5.

Competition on Wednesday saw Kathleen Inglis, Harry Farley, Chris Murphy and Sarah Scott – and there was great success for all.  Sarah picked up a fabulous fourth place, Harry and Christopher received excellent silver medals, while Kathleen secured a bronze.  Coach Jo explains:

“Competition day start with Kathleen taking to the tatami (mat) first.  Kathleen first opponent was against the German player scoring first with a small throw for a 5 point score (Yuko) and threw again for Ippon (10 points) with Ippon Seoi nage (one arm shoulder throw).  Kathleen second fight was against the Bur Fasco, unfortunately she withdrew from the tournament due to an injury - thus giving Kathleen the win. Fight number 3 for Kathleen was against the Monaco player this was a very close fight with the Monaco player winning with a double sided grip throw. Last fight was against Finland. This fight went into extra time (golden score) where the Fin managed to sweep Kathleen to the back to take the win.

“Harry Farley was our second competitor of the day. Harry moved from a level 3 to level 2 at the major event. Mr Farley was amazing winning 3 put of his 4 fights with a signature throw (Uchi Mata) to score for Ippon each time. Harry lost to the Swedish player but fought with so much passion.

“Christopher Murphy was in a group of 4, Chris was unlucky to lose his first fight to the Costa Rican. Chris then went on to win against a Swedish player for Ippon using a beautiful standing technique. Chris then went on again to beat the Russian with another amazing standing technique.

“Sarah Scott fought amazingly against all of her opponents – they were tall in comparison to Sarah. Sarah lost her first two contests to the Belgium and Netherlands but then fought the Swede.  This for me was the fight of the day. It was a close fight with Sarah taking the win with a throw and a hold to gain an Ippon. Sarah lost he fourth fight to the Ivory Coast athlete but managed to get a couple of acts off.”

Thursday - Holly Tadman
Friday - Thomas Farley

11 a side football:  #TEAMSOGB 1 - 1 Bangladesh. A battling performance from our boys, who fought hard to break down a resilient Bangladesh side. Andy Fulton opened the scoring once again, with goalkeeper Eddie Farquhar putting in a solid performance between the posts.  He was unlucky to be beaten by a deflected shot towards the end of the first half.  Despite a rallying display from Sean Ellingham and Matthew Dodds, #TEAMSOGB couldn't add to their first goal to win the game but remain unbeaten so far in the competition.  Next game, a big one on Friday, the Irish!

Table Tennis:  A great day for our team on and off the table.  Coach Kevin describes: “Both Simon Green and Simon Richardson played with differing outcomes.  Simon Green played in a tough group of 5, but played exceptionally well only dropping 1 set in total out of his 4 matches.  He deservedly won a brilliant GOLD.

“Simon Richardson had challenging opponent but played as hard as possible in all his games.  Finished 4th.  The awards ceremonies are scheduled for 10:00 on Thursday in the Convention Centre.  Jessica and Emma are scheduled to compete today (Thursday). The groups have been changed and this now results in Jess and Emma will be competing against each other. Their group of 4 is due to commence at 13:30 tomorrow (Thursday).  This is not the first time that #TEAMSOGB Athletes have competed against each other at a major Games - most recently the Feltham twins at the 2014 European Games in Antwerp.

“Also, one of the Operations Volunteers approached me and enquired if I was a GB Coach. She then proceeded to mention that she was impressed with how polite ALL the GB Athletes are, always saying Hello, Thank you, etc. I thanked her for comments and advised that I would pass this on.  This sums up what we know about our fantastic Athletes but great to hear from an independent person their thoughts on our team.”

Basketball:  Wednesday was spent in the morning supporting the Athletics after a team breakfast out. We won against a very aggressive Italy side 30-21. The lads did very well to play with as few blips as they did considering the opposition’s approach to the game.   We play China at 3.15 on Thursday.

Powerlifting: See this fantastic shot of James and Chris with their medals and James’ roar.
https://twitter.com/WYSdaily/status/626430264764305408
https://twitter.com/bradfordcharity/status/626450126677086208

Artistic gymnastics: The team had a busy morning with their podium training. The boys went first completing their routines on all six pieces (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar) followed by the girls on their four apparatus (vault, uneven bars, beam and floor). This was the first time the gymnasts performed their routines in a controlled environment and it was great to see that their routines still looked awesome even after being in America for a week and not training as much as usual. In the afternoon, the gymnasts had the chance to go and spend some time with their families. Some stayed behind and had a chance to look in the UCLA shop on campus and enjoy the entertainment in the festival area.  Good luck to Thomas and the girls who are starting there competition today.

Thursday - Divisioning
10-11.30 Thomas (Level 1)
2- 3.30 Jennifer and Eloise (level 1)
5 - 6.30 Georgia (level 4)
           
Holly (level 3)

Friday - Divisioning and finals
9-10.00 level 2 (Andrew)
          
Level 3 (James)
          
Level 4 (Ramsay and David)
11.30 - 1 Level 1 final (Thomas)
2.30 - 4 Level 1 final (Jen and Eloise)

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competition_in_Los_Angeles/

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WED 29TH JULY 2015

Exclusive message from Maria Shriver, Special Olympics Board Member, trail-blazer in life and daughter of founder Eunice, for #TEAMSOGB’s athletes. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626107140030074880

#TEAMSOGB Medals Tally after 3 full days

21 Gold
1
6 Sliver
12 Bronze
Total – 48 Medals

Our Rhythmic Gymnasts have smashed it out of the park with their performances here in Los Angeles for #TEAMSOGB with 15 medals in one day - five golds, seven silvers and three bronze medals.  This was followed up with a further 21 medals less than 24 hours later.  We are proud of you girls.

Level 2: 
Sophie Hughes
Hoop 2B - silver 
Ribbon 2A - fourth 
Ball 2B - gold 
Clubs 2b - silver 
All round - 2A fourth 

Kirsty Robertson
Hoop 2C - silver 
Ball 2C - gold 
Clubs 2B - bronze
Ribbon 2C - gold 
All round - 2A fifth 

Amy Clarke 
Hoop 2B - fourth 
Ball 2B - bronze
Ribbon 2A - 6th
Club 2C - silver
All round 2C - silver 

Level 3:
Felicity Martin 
Rope 3A - gold (Highest you can get)
Ribbon 3A - silver 
Clubs 3A - fifth 
Ball 3A - fifth 
All round 3A - fourth 

Elizabeth Cooper
Ribbon 3C- gold 
Clubs 3C- silver 
Rope 3B- fourth 
Ball 3B- sixth 
All round 3C- bronze 

All the girls did incredibly well and Felicity made it into the highest division in every routine.  This is a massive achievement and winning gold in the highest division, means she is the overall world champion in level 3 rope!

Ribbon 
Phoebe Lowe- gold 
Laura Taylor - 4th 

Ball 
Phoebe Lowe - gold 
Laura Taylor - 4th 

Hoop 
Phoebe Lowe- silver 
Laura Taylor- bronze 

Rope
Phoebe Lowe - silver 
Laura Taylor - 6th 

All round 
Phoebe Lowe - gold 
Laura Taylor - 4th 

Phoebe got 3 golds and 2 silvers.  Laura got 1 bronze, three 4th and one 6th.  Young ladies, you are unbelievable.

Alison level 4: 
Ball - Gold 
Hoop - gold 
Clubs - gold 
Ribbon - bronze 
All round - silver 

Group ball - gold 

Group step - gold 

All together, the Rhythmic team have got 36 medals. 5 bronze, 10 silvers and 21 gold!  Amazing girls!

Cycling: Well done Ruairidh Brown (East Kilbride, Scotland) silver and Daniel Weston (Barnstable, Devon) picking up bronze in the 25 km road race.  Great #TEAMSOGB cycling pictures here: https://twitter.com/pompey4ever007/status/626149
227715031041  The World class photography is being kindly provided to #TEAMSOGB by our ace volunteer snapper in LA Graeme Brown.

https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626046421561536512

Swimming: Another medal for Michelle ‘Magic’ Moran - bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Powerlifting: This team, like all 19, has a very special spitrit.  Today, Chris battled through to gain 3rd place bronze in the squat, Bench Press and Deadlift - also finishing with an overall placing of 3rd bronze, totalling 4 bronze medals.  What was observed by the audience was Chris’ great smile which won the heart of the crowd throughout a well fought competition. Today, James had a very competitive competition but pulled through with grit and determination by being focused mentally and physically. James came 4th, Squat 3rd, Bronze Bench Press, Silver Deadlift and an overall placing of 2nd for a Silver. James also achieved a personal best in his last lift of the day with a 155kg Deadlift. Proud of these lads and lasses.

Artistic gymnastics: The team were lucky enough to have a day off today and didn't waste a moment of it! They had an early start and caught the bus to Long Beach so that they could watch their fellow SOGB athletes perform in the cycling event. They cheered on their team mates in the time trial event and loved every moment of it. They then ventured around the Long Beach area enjoying the sunshine and posing for photos with local people who were excited to see so many athletes from a different country. They returned back to UCLA to support the athletes in the rhythmic gymnastics event and cheer them on. It was great for the team to have a relaxed day ahead of podium training tomorrow at the John Wooden Centre back at UCLA. 

11 a side Football:  The lads beat Bharat and keep up their fine form. They won 7-1 with Andy Fulton shooting #TEAMSOGB to victory in their second game of the competition with a hat trick. There were also some excellent performances in defence by Michael MacGurk, Dean Lawrie and Derek Keith - they provided a solid platform for the team to build upon.  Excellent picture and tweet: https://twitter.com/pompey4ever007/status/626149227715031041

Unified Football: A comfortable 5-0 win for the boys against Bharat and keeps them in great form.  #TEAMSOGB took to the field in their second game of competition.  The game started at a high pace and the team pressed Barat and forced them to make mistakes. They took the lead threw Alastair Gillies and a second followed soon by Steven Johnson. Freddie helped link the defence and attack in the centre midfield role brilliantly. Two more goals followed by Mitchell Presland and Alistair’s second of the match. Goal of the game was the 5th which came from Steven Johnson's wonderful solo run. Each and every player gave 100% and limited Bharat’s play to long balls. Their work rate was excellent and had a well-deserved rest this afternoon. Freddie Sherwood was the man of the match with his energetic performance. A great birthday present for Coach Benji Evans who turns 34 today.

https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/626078887059939328

Tennis: The mixed doubles divisioning was completed this morning followed by first rounds of the female main singles event in the afternoon.  In the Level 4 Ladies Singles, Lucy Porteous lost to Sharon Sjouwerman (Netherlands) who proved to be a much stronger player, 4-1 4-1.  In the Level 5 Ladies Singles, Laura Campbell beat Laura Thompson (USA) 4-1 4-2.  Tomorrow will see the main event of the Mixed Doubles. No singles matches scheduled for Wednesday.

Mixed pairings of Olly Beadle & Laura Campbell (Level 5) and Aiden Leighton & Lucy Porteous (Level 4) will both play their first round matches at 11am on Wednesday.

Open Water:  Jamie and James had the chance to train with the US swim team this morning. We're warming up nicely.

James says: “Nice warm up, watched GB win the Basketball, too. So many nice memories already.”  Jamie said: “Enjoyed training this morning, had some company with Team USA and loved the basketball.”

Equestrian: Horse matching and divisioning gone. We won't get times until later tonight but we now move into competition time with GB In a good position we have some super horse power.  Georgina met up with coke cola for pics she Has an incredible horse Very proud this team - they rode their socks off and I Just hope they finish in the right divisions.  Lynn faced added pressure as her horse match Didn't work out due to an admin euro and she Has to rematch first thing this morning Lynn felt very nervous at the prospect of anew Horse but ride beautifully and felt happy in the end  Sam was only on Fox TV tonight night – well done my friend.  And a great guy from host town Calabasas came to see us with presents for the riders.

Golf: Not long back after a brutally long day for the players - breakfast at 5, not teeing off till between 9 & 10 - then a five and three quarter round for the 18 hole players & around 4 for George in the 9 hole competition.  All the players performed very well - either matching up to their predicted scores or bettering them.  David Alexander shot an 82, Alistair Robertson a 95, Robert Wright 106 & George Brunt a 58 for 9 holes.  All the players are very pleased with themselves and are looking forward to completing their division in tomorrow.

Basketball:  Really good day in the basketball camp!  Started the day with a 34-25 win over Latvia. All ten athletes played really well, especially when running the full court press! The rest of the day was spent celebrating with a trip to Long Beach and out for lunch! Early nights all round in preparation for tomorrow's game at 3.15 vs Italy!!

Athletics: Today’s festivities saw the final preliminary performances.  Mitchell made great strides in his long jump, out-performing his entry distance by 24cm, jumping a whopping 3.12M!! Which considering it was a slightly chaotic start was amazing!   Today saw our final squad member Leslie Morgan take to the stage! He romped home in a super speedy 10.21seconds in the 50m which takes a massive 8 seconds off his entry time! Due to this big change, Les will be running 100m for his final!   Finally, we saw the first outing for the 4x100, they got the baton round in one piece, in a very quick heat with a respectable time of 56 seconds, however, there are things to iron out for out final on Saturday!

Just a sampling of regional and national #TEAMSOGB coverage:

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2015-07-28/team-gb-hits-hollywood-for-this-years-special-olympics/

http://youtu.be/27OdQEpVfoc

http://www.espn.co.uk/espn/story/_/id/13310832/special-olympics-world-games-british-athletes-giving-back

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-33667449

http://youtu.be/zG33yCXz1x8http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-wonder-headline
-special-olympics-opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/13498153.Haworth_and_East_Morton_athletes_prepare_for_World_Games_competition
_in_Los_Angeles/

http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/local/oakham-basketball-player-chris-heads-to-special-olympics-in-los-angeles-1-6866978

http://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/sport/13497748.Woman_set_for_coaching_role_in_Special_Olympics/


TUES 28TH JULY 2015

We told you yesterday what a job BBC & ITV were doing telling the inspiring stories of #TEAMSOGB’s athletes – check
out these tailored ITV pieces – three samples from 12 different regions that requested them.  Outstanding and there is more
to come.  Thank you ITV!

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-27/meet-the-north-west-athletes-going-for-gold-at-the-special-olympics/

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-07-27/michele-obama-and-stevie-wonder-headline-special-olympics-
opening-ceremony/

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2015-07-27/americans-snap-up-tickets-for-special-olympics-world-games/

FIRST #TEAMSOGB MEDAL PICTURE: Michelle Moran won a Silver medal in the 50m breaststroke – the first medal for #TEAMSOGB at this World Games!  This was very quickly followed up by a second silver for #TEAMSOGB by Jonathon Taylour in the 25m backstroke. We love this pic: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625722190776799232

The multi-talented, Desperate Housewives actress, singer and Special Olympics Board Member, Vanessa Williams, saves the
best til last’ and welcomes #TEAMSOGB in this exclusive video for our athletes.
Watch video: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625755620751343620

Here is a US article which includes #TEAMSOGB and the British consulate garden party pictures of our athletes http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/general-special-needs/la2015-here-southern-california-celebratin

SPORTING UPDATES:

Swimming: Another silver medal for #TEAMSOGB in the pool, this time Corrina De Dios-Beckett from Kent in the 10m freestyle. 3 Silvers now in swimming!  Well done, Corrina!  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625833676308287488

Rhythmic Gymnasts: The girls excelled with Sophie winning silver and Amy in 4th place in Hoop 2B! We are #proud, girls. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625831483639369728https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/62
5831483639369728

11 a side Football: SOGB 4 - 0 Iceland - A great team effort today from the football 11's. Andy Fulton opened the scoring in the first half with a well-placed shot, which was soon added to by SOGB Captain Andy Hetherington with a dividing header from a corner. Andy Fulton added another in the second half and John Maxwell finished the game off with another tidy finish. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625786062078476288https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status
/625786062078476288

Unified football: The side kicked off their competition stage on Monday with a 7-1 win over the Caymen Islands. James Parker
opened the scoring after good build up play, the second followed soon after by Daniel Mcleary.  The third strike was scored just before the break. #TEAMSOGB made subs at half time and Darren McCluskey took over the Keeper position. Steven Johnson scored a second half hat-trick after coming off the bench.  Caymen Islands scored an unstoppable free kick into the top
corner of the net. John Beckett then finished off the scoring with a strong free kick.  Each #TEAMSOGB player stuck to their job and worked well as a team.  Steven Johnson was the stand out player today.  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625801067003973632

Athletics: Steven got the quickest time in the 1500m prelims.  Another voice-losing performance from Steven Bryce in the 1500m clocking a time of 4 mins 27 seconds!  FANTASTIC sprint finish!  Special thanks to the New Zealand Basketball squad
who lent their voices to help cheer him on the whole way!   #TEAMSOGB #ProudCoach

Golf: The golfers finally got into the swing of things at The Games today - with each player having a practise round prior to divisioning - competition starting tomorrow.  George, Alistair, Bobbie & David played great golf on the beautiful Harding Course. Here is hoping that this form continues into the next few days. Course is fairly flat - in fantastic condition. All holes are tight- trees and bush lined.

Tuesday schedule:
George Brunt - Level 4  (9 hole) 9.26 -- back nine of The Harding Course.
David Alexander - Level 5 ( 18 hole) - 8.54 - Harding Course.
Bobbie Wright - Level 5 - 9.34. Harding Course.
Alistair Robertson - Level 5 - 9.50 - Harding Course

Table Tennis: Completed rescheduled Mixed Doubles classification this afternoon. Simon G and Jess along with Simon R and Emma all played well during this section.  The support that they gave each other was tremendous.  It is a free day tomorrow (Tuesday) with the Singles due to commence on Wednesday.

Open Water: The guys, James & Jamie, are in Bermuda shorts and sightseeing today. Although, they've been for a warm up in USC, as they need to understand lap markers for Saturday, dive starts and turns.  One thing they need to do is toughen up for open water swimming, so today, although sightseeing, the coach does not stop in his work and preparation. Otherwise, James and Jamie are in good shape.

Artistic Gymnastics: The team had an early start today so that they could get some good training done in the gym before the mad rush of all the other athletes!  Training went very well and they are all more used to the equipment at the centre. The next time they train will be on Wednesday at podium training. After training all of the team went to the USC campus to participate in the healthy athlete programme. After having their teeth checked, ears probed and feet tickled, they came away as quite a healthy bunch who are ready to compete and they were also fortunate enough to be supplied with some very nice trainers! The evening was spent on campus at the music festival entertainment area where they enjoyed the atmosphere and buzz of music and athletes from around the world!

Powerlifting: Head coach Gary said with vigour: “Two young lads from Yorkshire are all prepared and ready to go with a lion heart spirt.  They will be representing TeamSOGB at the sport of Powerlifting on Tuesday. Christopher Woodhead in the 59 Kg class starting at 9 am (LA time) James Crossley in the 66 Kg class starting a 1 pm.  Christopher’s last comment before he getsin the zone said ‘I have trained to the best of my ability and want to show it on a World platform.’ James latest comment was ‘I have been waiting all my life to mix with the best in the World.’ Good luck powerlifters! #proud

Badminton: We had a full mornings badminton.  Before lunchtime we were approached to see if the athletes would like to
take part in the ‘Unified Badminton Experience’ that afternoon. All were eager to do so and thoroughly enjoyed the celebrity
status this event was afforded. Our own SOGB Chief Executive did not think so many photographers and media could fit into one hall. Karen Wallin, SOGB Chief Executive, was fortunate to be partnered with our very own Elizabeth Haywood. The

icing on the cake, over and above the free T-shirt, was that each participant received a gold medal. There were lots of
photos and interviews afterwards, too.  All in all, it was a great day for Karen, Elizabeth, Kevin, and specially, Lloyd, who won all his games.

Basketball: On a tough day, the basketball squad showed what true dedication to each other looks like. Every single athlete
supported each other throughout the day! We now have the schedule for our games and the lads are very positive we can do well.  Games are:
28th - GB v Latvia 9am tip
29th - GB v Italy 3.15pm tip
30th - China v GB 3.15pm tip

Tennis: Another update from the sun drenched Los Angeles Tennis Centre at UCLA, the venue which was built for the tennis event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in LA. Singles divisioning was completed today with the boys playing their next matches. Olly was moved to a higher division and won 1 match and lost 1. Aiden was also moved up and lost a close match to his opponent. This afternoon was the start of the mixed doubles divisioning which will continue tomorrow morning. Laura and Olly won their first match and Aiden and Lucy won both their matches. Medal matches begin tomorrow afternoon. 


MON 27TH JULY 2015

Michelle Moran has won a Silver medal in the 50m breaststroke – the first medal for #TEAMSOGB at this World Games! 
This was very quickly followed up by a second silver  for #TEAMSOGB – also in the Pool by Jonathon Taylour in the 25m
backstroke.  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625449545309138944

Watch #TEAMSOGB’s gladiators singing as they enter the Coliseum!https://www.facebook.com/tom.ahara.1/videos/vb.1416909540/10204890429046626/?type=2&theater&notif_t=like_tagged

Special Olympics Global Chairman Tim Shriver gives an exclusive welcome to #TEAMSOGB athletes in LA. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625415261609287680

Cafu has also just done this exclusive message for #TEAMSOGB athletes. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625355748688707584

BBC World News, BBC Sport  & BBC Breakfast have produced this excellent coverage over the weekend, already – thanks
Stuart.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-33667449

If you missed it over the weekend, BBC News 24 produced this excellent chronicle of Special Olympics GB. http://youtu.be/zG33yCXz1x8

ITV have been outstanding in their support also. They have embraced Special Olympics GB and our athletes’ great stories,
the challenges of living with learning disability, how they are being overcome and inclusivity. Thanks in particular to
Terence, Ian, Roger and Lauren.  ITV’s features are hitting our screens from today in regions all around the country.

#TEAMSOGB was the second most globally watched feature on BBC iplayer over the weekend.

Legendary broadcaster Terry Wogan started the day with a warm message to Special Olympics GB’s athletes on Radio 2 in
the morning.  Thank you, to the genial Irishman and his TOGS!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLwGu4H9-5c&feature=youtu.be

To all the media, you have the athletes’ and our huge respect and gratitude.  http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/disability-sport/33650781

The full team of Special Olympics GB athletes who touched down in LA are:

Aquatics: Corinna De Dios-Beckett (Orpington, Kent); Michelle Moran (Edinburgh); Matthew Allen (Swansea); Jonathon
Taylour (Barnard Castle, County Durham).

First day of competition saw two personal bests – Qualifying: Jonathon in the 25m Backstroke 00.25.32 (New Personal Best); Corrina in the 100m Backstroke 2.29:89 and Michelle in the 50m Breaststroke 00.54.22 (New Personal Best).  In the Finals, Michelle came 2nd in the 50m breaststroke, Corrina was 6th in the 100m backstroke and Jonathan also took Silver in the 25m backstroke.  Well done Michelle and Jonathon.

Open Water: Jamie Kelly (Rochdale, North West); James Wright (Canvey Island, Essex).

Coach Chris said: “Action in the sea for divisioning today.  Will have to wait to see how it pans out. Jamie performed very well, James not far behind in 26 mins. There are bits to improve on these, so time to work on it.  The guys took part in a Unified team pursuit with local swimmers and a US Olympic swimmer. Good fun with a chance to showcase their skills.  Good day in all, the guys embrace the spirit of the games in everything they do.”

James said: “Feeling pretty good, had good fun with the team pursuit in open water - also had 2 nice girls in the team.  My divisioning went ok, water got a bit choppy compared to yesterday.  The crowd were cheering as we ran in, which boosted me especially jumping the waves.”

Jamie said: ”Great buzz today, felt good on my individual. Tried to keep strong and got used to the Sea salt.  The waves were quite big on the far side and kept pushing me.  Loved the team pursuit and enjoyed being the captain. Love to do that again.”

Athletics: Jennifer Kitchener (Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire); Steven Bryce (Wishaw, North Lanarkshire); Mitchell Camp (Hemel Hempstead, Herts); Leslie Morgan (Sheffield, South Yorkshire); Jordan Okonta (Littlehampton, West Sussex); Daniel Wolff (Worcester Park, Surrey).

Head Coach Ellen said: “What a beautiful day to win a High Jump Preliminary!  Jordan matched his PB out on the field today with a cracking jump of 1.70m 

And as you can possibly see from the photo, the press were loving him! Phenomenal performances from Steven and Daniel in the 800m! Coming 1st and 4th respectively in a very quick heat! I have pretty much lost my voice already and we're only on day two!! And I've had to fill in my first improved performance form! #‎proudcoach ‪#‎TEAMSOGB”

Badminton: Elizabeth Haywood (Plymouth); Karen Lyttle (Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire); Lloyd Crawley (Penycae, Swansea); Kevin Trebilcock (Arbroath). No matches in the morning so the squad went along to support the basketball team. Assessments were carried out on the whole squad between 1.30pm and 2.15pm. TV were there so got some good clips. Two athletes’ families and two families from Calabasas were there to give vociferous support. Went back to basketball to watch a further match. Unfortunately, they lost both matches but after we left they won their last two matches. So we are barred from coming to future matches. Groups for Monday have been provided for continued divisioning with athletes competing  in short games to 11 points as follows :
9.30am    Lloyd Crawley
9.50am.   Kevin Trebilcock
10.40am  Elizabeth Haywood
11.20am  Karen Lyttle
We have no matches in the afternoon but will be staying on to support Karen Wallin, Chief Executive, SOGB who will be taking part in the Unified Badminton Experience.

Basketball: Thomas Brownsword (Folkestone, Kent); George Dunkerley (Redcar, North Yorkshire); Lewis Johnson (Mexborough, South Yorkshire); Daniel Large (Hoddensdon, Herts); Ben O’Brien (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire); Shaun Smith (Ormesby, North Yorkshire); Chris Southwell (Oakham, Rutland); Stuart Tipp (Eston, North Yorkshire); Alex Thompson (Sheffield, Yorkshire and Humberside); Niall Guite (Sheffield, Yorkshire & Humberside).

Jazz, Head Coach, said Today we played 5 divisioning games. Our first on the Exhibition Court we lost 8-10 to New Zealand but the lads played exceptionally well given the intensity of the show court environment! We went on to lose the next two games before a bye round where we got together as a team and composed before going on to win against Portugal and Italy!! Overall a really good day. We find out tomorrow the schedule for the competition days.

Bocce: Grace Duncan (Arbroath); Colin Robertson (Blackburn, West Lothian)

Bowling: Debbie Killoh (Forfar, Dundee); Kay Paynter (Llanbradach, Caerphilly); Duncan Reid (Arbroath); Richard Cooke (Lothian).

Cycling: Leanne Peters (Glasgow, Scotland); Ruairidh Brown (East Kilbride, Scotland); David Jackson (Glasgow, Scotland); Daniel Weston (Barnstable, Devon); Kiera Byland (Bolton); Andrew Sinclair (Tayside). Head Coach Tom said: “Today, the cycling team travelled to Long Beach to see the venue and get some practice on the circuit.  The trip to long beach was familiar and past many of the sites that we had seen on the way to opening ceremony passing the Goodyear blimp enroute.  When the driver got lost, the journey became more like a tourist trail trip as we passed the Queen Mary at its permanent berth.  The opportunity to go site seeing on Long Beach with Coach Andy soon quenched there disappointment. The circuit will be put in place for tonight for the riders to get some warm up laps on the circuit tomorrow. Divisioning starts tomorrow and everybody keen to get on with their races now. The cycling team are well rested and keen to go.”

Equestrian: Georgina Maton (Barnet); Charlotte MacDonald (Aberdeen); Jason Chu (Prenton, Wirral); Sam Oliver (Malvern, Worcs);  Lyn Dumbleton (Stirling). Sarah says: “Horse matching on Monday at 2pm!”

Football: Elaine McKenna (Head Coach).  Edward Farquhar (Knightswood, Glasgow); Sean McCulloch (Riddrie, Scotland); Paul McAlinden (Drumchapel, Glasgow); Andrew Fulton (Nitshill, Glasgow); Ben Kelly (Watford, Hertfordshire); Sean Ellingham (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire); Derek Keith (Maryhill, Glasgow); Andrew Hetherington (capt) (Stanley, Durham); John Maxwell (Glasgow); Shaun Wotton (Cumbernauld, Glasgow); Matt Dodds (St Albans, Herts); Dean Lawrie (Lothian); Michael MacGurk (Cleveland); Brad Whitfield (Cleveland); Alexander Sawyer-Copus (Sunderland)

Great Britain were victorious against Bangladesh 4-0. Goals came from Brad Whittfield, Ben Kelly, Alex Sawyer Copus and John Maxwell, with excellent performances from Andy Fulton, setting up two goals and Andrew Hetherington ensuring a clean sheet for Eddie Farquhar at the other end.  Ireland game ended 0-0 on Sunday but President Lawrie says we should have won!  On to the competition proper tomorrow.

Monday: 12 00 v Iceland - North Athletic Field
Tuesday: 12 00 v Bharat - North Athletic Field
Wednesday: 9 00 v Bangladesh - North Athletic Field
Thursday - rest day
Friday: 10 30 v Ireland - Drake Stadium
Saturday: Finals 

Coach Bobby’s You Tube Blogs: 
https://youtu.be/gVIQKbgjFZU
https://youtu.be/5E0B6q7F1bs

Unified Football: Scott Nicoll (Head Coach).  Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.  The principle is that by training together and playing together, it is a quick path to inclusivity, friendship and understanding. John Beckett (Mansewood, Glasgow); Jack Bell (Edinburgh, Scotland); Alistair Gillies (Letham, Perth); Steven Johnson (Saltburn, Cleveland, North Yorkshire); Daniel McCleary (Methven, Perth, Scotland); James Parker (Knaresborough, North Yorkshire); Darren McCluskey (Knightswood, Glasgow); Stewart Robertson - Unified Partner (Meigle, Perth and Kinross); Freddie Sherwood – Unified Partner (East Herts, Eastern); Mitchell Presland – Unified Partner (East Herts, Eastern); Lee McLean – Unified Partner (Forfar, Tayside); Joseph van ’t Hoff - Unified Partner (Edinburgh,  Lothian)

The players were excited to get started and their first game was against Slovakia. The team were narrowly beaten 1-0 in their first divisioning game against a good Slovakia side. All the boys gave 100% effort and worked hard for each other. Jack Bell was the stand out in GB’s goal and kept his team in the game with some great saves. They are looking forward to games tomorrow against Germany and Sweden.

Golf: David Alexander (Dundee, Tayside); George Brunt (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire); Alistair Robertson (Glasgow, Scotland); Bobby Wright (Widnes, Cheshire).

Artistic Gymnastics: Georgia Carslaw (Glasgow, Scotland); Jennifer Chesterman (Worcestershire, West Midlands); Holly Riseborough (Stretton under Fosse, Rugby, Warwickshire); Eloise Clyde-Smith (St. Saviour, Jersey); Thomas Keeley (Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster); James Lang (St. Helier, Jersey); Ramsay Meiklem (Renfrewshire, Paisley); Andrew McLaughlin (Glentham, Lincolnshire); David Rae (Glasgow, Scotland).

The team started their experience at UCLA by attending the music festival; dancing and singing the night away.  Their first full day was very good; supporting the GB Football 11s squad and cheering them on to a 4-0 victory!  They also got the chance to see their training hall and competition venue on campus and are excited to use it all!!  The evening was rounded off with an absolutely amazing opening ceremony.  All the gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with the dancing and cheering and feel inspired to do their best at these World Games!

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Amy Clark (Glasgow, Scotland); Sophie Hughes (Crewe, Cheshire); Phoebe Lowe (Crewe, Cheshire); Felicity Martin (Wistaston, Cheshire East); Alison Mackenzie (Crosslee, Renfrewshire); Kirsty Robertson (Crewe, Cheshire); Laura Taylor (Wilmslow, Cheshire); Elizabeth Cooper (Market Drayton, Shropshire).

Judo: Kathleen Inglis (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland); Sarah Scott (North Shields, Tyne and Wear); Harry Farley (Rye, East Sussex); Thomas Farley (Rye, East Sussex); Christopher Murphy (Glasgow, Scotland); Holly Tadman (South East).

Kayaking: Kathryn Smith (Kenilworth, Warkwickshire); Adrian Abbott (St. Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales); Stephen Beynon (Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales); Steven Dodd (Plymouth, Devon); James Savory (Barry, Vale of Glamorgan); Andrew Williams (Whitechurch, Cardiff).

The kayaking team have passed there swimming test today and tomorrow they are on the water for the first time for a 30 min training session.

Powerlifting: Laura Boag (Dundee); Helen Burton (Bradford, West Yorkshire); Paul Booth (Crieff, Perthshire); James Crossley (East Morton, Keighley), Robert Simpson (Forfar, Angus); Chris Woodhead (Bradford, West Yorkshire).

Schedule for competition:
Chris 9am Tuesday 28th
James 1pm Tuesday 28th 
Laura 9am Thursday 30th 
Paul and Helen 3pm Friday 31st 
Robert 3pm Saturday 1st 

Table Tennis: Jessica Bromley (Wolverhampton); Emma Hunt (Wolverhampton); Simon Green (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire); Simon Richardson (Montrose). Head Coach Kevin said: “Table Tennis athletes competed in the classification, namely Simon R, Jess and Simon G.  They all did well and 2 of them were praised separately by TD and SOI staff on their playing ability.  Emma is due to be classified tomorrow morning at 09:25. This lasts approximately 10mins.  As per previous training weekends, the team remained loyal and gave tremendous support to each of their teammates during classification.  We should know the classification groups Monday evening for the Single events to start on Wednesday.

Tennis: Laura Campbell (Haxby, York); Lucy Porteous (Kelso, Scotland); Oliver Beadle (Upminster, Essex); Aiden Leighton (Leicester, Leicestershire)


SUN 26TH JULY 2015

The spirit of sport is always bigger than any result.  That is the essence of Special Olympics and what will be on show over the next 7 days at venues throughout Los Angeles.   The qualities of sportsmanship, joy, confidence, self-belief, competition, courage and friendship are all forged by the spirit Special Olympics’ athletes.

Everyone needs a chance.  That is what Special Olympics GB gives people with learning disability through sport every week across our country.

The sporting action got underway on Saturday in Los Angeles - even ahead of the amazing Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony at the LA Memorial Coliseum.  #TEAMSOGB’s athletics, table tennis and open water athletes were just some of many teams straight into early preparatory action.

The Opening Ceremony was an occasion that the #TEAMSOGB athletes - and 7,000 other athletes from 177 countries around the World - will never forget.

The US President Obama opened the Special Olympics World Games with a message which included the words: “Special Olympics athletes are a central part of their communities.  Where people see limitation, Special Olympics athletes see opportunity.”

First Lady, Michelle Obama, added: “Special Olympics is about unity.  These World Games are a reflection of that unity and that we are all in this together.  We can bring out the best in each other.  My husband and I are so proud of you and we cannot wait to see everything you accomplish in the days ahead and in your lives ahead.”

Tweet pic of LA Memorial Coliseum and World Games Opening Ceremony: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625150888001167360

Pics of #TEAMSOGB coming into the stadium:
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625129705524453377
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625131084192190464
https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625132798215524352
https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/posts/10153038422138310

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis plus many more household names entertained the 7,000 athletes of Special Olympics from 177 countries.  Approaching 70,000 people - including Royalty, Heads of State, Government, personalities and, of course, athletes - filled the iconic, twice Olympics Games venue of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with a global audience watching coverage online and on television.

Taking place in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, it was appropriate that Special Olympics’ star athletes were entertained by a series of legends to celebrate sporting endeavour, acceptance and inclusion for all.

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder, said: “I am touched to be a part of this celebration of determination, courage, joy and skill.  Throughout my own journey of overcoming the odds, it’s truly an inspiring moment to join these incredible athletes as they come to Los Angeles to compete and accomplish so many victories.”

Avril Lavigne, performer and singer, explained why she supports the overwhelming movement of Special Olympics: “It is always a true joy when I can help celebrate the abilities and determination of these amazing athletes.

Nicole Scherzinger, international recording artist and Special Olympics Global Ambassador, said: “Special Olympics athletes are so inspiring to me.  I’m looking forward to celebrating the start of the World Games and cheering on the athletes as they show the world their outstanding athletic abilities.”

The Special Olympics World Games are being hosted from Saturday 25th July until Sunday 2nd August and feature 25 Olympic- style sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball.

These Games will showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world.

Competitions will take place daily at 27 venues throughout Los Angeles and they are free and open to the public.

Competition schedule at LA2015.org/schedule.

TEAM VIDEO AND PICTURE UPDATES

It is a family affair for ‪#‎TEAMSOGB member Daniel Wolff from Worcester Park in Surrey who is preparing to take part in the World Games in Los Angeles. Dan, from the athletics team, has his own Olympic journey - following in the footsteps of his great grandfather Frederick Wolff who won a Gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. We caught up with Dan in front of his team mates here in LA. Go for it, Dan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb1Cykmf70k&feature=youtu.be

The media deserve our huge gratitude in recent times for the way they have embraced Special Olympics GB, our athletes great stories, the challenges of living with learning disability, how they are being overcome and inclusivity through sport.  ITV, BBC, ESPN, Sky and the regional radio and newspaper industry have our significant plaudits.  Here is just one high-profile example reached a multi-million viewed audience over the last couple of days from the thousands of examples of coverage on television, radio, paper and online. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/disability-sport/33650781

One of the most successful pieces of social media from our own Special Olympics GB platforms from the last few days when powerlifter Paul Booth and his #TEAMSOGB athletes in Los Angeles encouraged their family, friends and fans to like, share or tweet!  It has already been read and viewed on SOGB facebook nearly 150,000 times.  https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/photos/a.211472433309.129085.146822618309/10153028256733310/?type=1&theater

Take a look at this wonderful pic of #‎TEAMSOGB powerlifter Helen Burton with Audley Harrison and his Olympic Gold medal. https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/625072650075795456

On the day of the World Games Opening Ceremony, powerlifter Paul Booth also got a special video from @BrianMcFadden - with your powerlifting team mates...go lift the World, Paul!https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/624944522879893506

Some really exceptional BBC coverage just in! Thank you to our athlete Lee Penfold for his media assistance! ‪#‎TEAMSOGB - http://youtu.be/zG33yCXz1x8

US TV coverage of #TEAMSOGB http://youtu.be/wxON6W_V17


SAT 25TH JULY 2015

Chris O’Connor, the British Consul General in South West USA, has just put on the most incredible pre-World Games red carpet party in Los Angeles for #TEAMSOGB’s 100 plus athletes with learning disabilities and their coaches - with LA based Brits Audley Harrison, Mark ‘Rhino’ Smith and Nigel Lythgoe just some of the star names in attendance to show their support for Special Olympics Great Britain.  See Nigel’s tweet: https://twitter.com/dizzyfeet/status/624673338435043328

Take a look at this video of #TEAMSOGB’s final training session across a number of the 19 sports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYCUHh0aSkU

The opening ceremony is free to watch - go to: http://www.espnplayer.com/espnplayer/la2015at - 2am UK time on Sun 26th July.

It is not possible for us to be any prouder of our #TEAMSOGB athletes.  So, let the Games begin!

FULL Special Olympics GB Group Picture: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/624731231637245952


FRI 24TH JULY 201
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A wonderful sight.  The first official picture of the entire #TEAMSOGB Special Olympics Great Britain squad finally together in Los Angeles for the World Games @LA2015, has been taken.  Pic: https://twitter.com/mrchrishull/status/624261606327717888

The Big Show, one of the World’s most famous WWE wrestlers, has also delivered this exclusive message for #TEAMSOGB athletes on the eve of the World Games. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=yoCo8qj5Itg&feature=youtu.be

Iconic gold swimmer Ellie Simmonds took a break from her hugely busy competition schedule to make and send on this video for Special Olympics GB athletes Matthew Allen and Jennifer Chesterman at the World Games - who listed Ellie as their sporting hero!  The two athletes were amazed!  https://youtu.be/WaJXsUKhx98

The people of Calabasas, who have been so incredible, warm, gracious and hospitable, had one final treat last night for #TEAMSOGB’s athletes.  They dressed all athletes and coaches in Cowboy hats and scarves and provided the most incredible outdoor feast of barbecue food, music and entertainment. https://twitter.com/CityofCalabasas/status/624409968616148992

Special Olympics helps to unlock the power and potential of each individual athlete with a learning disability.  It is allowing each athlete to thrive and strive towards their own personal best – whether that is a medal or the victory of being part of something as special a World Games.

Since the 1995 World Games, Special Olympics GB has achieved a total 994 medals and countless personal bests.  Another six medals of any colour will take the number to 1,000 over the last 20 years and five World Games.

July 1995 - #TEAMSOGB - Won 173 Medals
July 1999 - Won 150 Medals
July 2003 - Won 260 Medals (#TEAMSOGB Record)
October 2007 - Won 224 Medals
June 2011 - Won 187 Medals
TOTAL – 994 Medals for #TEAMSOGB


THURS 23RD JULY 2015

A team of over 100 Special Olympics Great Britain athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities who touched down in Los Angeles on Tuesday, were reunited at noon yesterday (Wednesday) in the warm, wonderful and welcoming surroundings of their host town, Calabasas – 25 miles outside downtown LA. We are delighted to say, #TEAMSOGB is now complete.  #SOGBTEAM pic: https://twitter.com/mrchrishull/status/623934506840424448

After a marathon travelling session, the athletes were obviously tired but in an incredible credit to themselves, their family and their country - they kept smiling through, without a whimper.  They are all class acts.  Three days of training and cultural activity is underway in Calabasas - before the athletes head into LA on Friday to their University base camp - ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at the 80,000 sold-out capacity LA Memorial Coliseum.

The Mayor of Calabasas and the people of this brilliant community have put on a series of events for the athletes and have already embraced #TEAMSOGB in a special way:  Tweet pic of the Mayor of Calabasas with our athletes:  https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/623996740606144512

One fantastic trip on Wednesday was to the ‘Leonis Adobi Museum’ – the number one historic cultural monument in Los Angeles, detailing Calabasas nearly 200 years ago and depicting life on a working ranch in the 1800’s.  See facebook message: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/photos/a.211472433309.129085.146822618309/10153032795833310
/?type=1&theater

Also see tweet pic of #TEAMSOGB athletes receiving their gift of a beautiful complimentary breakfast in Calabasas this morning from Blu Jam Cafe: http://tinyurl.com/pnjwyef

One message among thousands to our athletes was sent from Welsh rugby legend Adam Jones to our #TEAMSOGB badminton athlete Lloyd Crawley.  Lloyd’s big sporting hero is Adam.  Adam said: “Hi Lloyd.  Hope you are looking forward to the Special Olympics World Games competition and representing #TEAMSOGB!  Just want to say good luck in the badminton. I'm sure you'll do very well and do yourself proud.  But most of all enjoy it, that's what it's all about at the end of the day!  Good luck and make sure you let me know how you get on! All the best pal.  Adam”

Adam Jones VIDEO: Lloyd just receiving his good luck message from Rugby Legend Adam Jones - http://youtu.be/DfTHXOaBGe4

Please also watch the brilliant Katie Smith from #TEAMSOGB Kayaking receiving a special message from top chef Marcos Kenilworth – where she also works!  VIDEO: Katie Smith from #TEAMSOGB Kayaking receives a special message from top chef Marcos Kenilworth!  https://youtu.be/adzZWupCIuo

VIDEO: Watch Grace Duncan and Colin Robertson of #TEAMSOGB explaining Bocce.  http://youtu.be/7REPQ3qYCho

Please watch this excellent 90 second video of one of our star cyclists Ruairidh Brown. https://www.facebook.com/ruairidh.brown.9/videos/vb.100003344171377/810067359114729/?type=2&theater&
notif_t=comment_mention

VIDEO:  Special Olympics’ Unified Sports programme joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on
the same team.  The principle is that by training together and playing together, it is a quick path to inclusivity, friendship and understanding. 
Special Olympics GB's World Games footballer James Parker and Unified Football Partner Mitchell Pressland discuss #TEAMSOGB at LA 2015 and why Unified Football is special to them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZhEwwQnfY

VIDEO: Special Olympics GB table tennis players Jessica Bromley and Emma Hunt heading to the World Games describe their emotions and preparations. #TEAMSOGB.  https://youtu.be/lMABfmhqxDk


WED 22ND JULY 2015

A team of over 100 Special Olympics Great Britain athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities touched down in Los Angeles to represent their country at the World Games on Tuesday evening.

They were then escorted to their beautiful host town and base of Calabasas – the first group of athletes arriving in just the last few minutes, early Wednesday morning LA time.  After being on the go for over 24 hours, the athletes are obviously tired but I can tell you they are incredibly excited to do #TEAMSOGB proud.

Three days of training and cultural activity await, before the athletes head into LA on Friday to their University base camp, ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at the 80,000 sold-out capacity LA Memorial Coliseum and the hosting Obama family.

Tweet pic of #TEAMSOGB athletes on board their 12-hour flight from London to LA: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/623458322373545984

Tweet pic of some of the #TEAMSOGB athletes arriving in LA: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/623660925799673856

For many of the athletes it is the first time that they have travelled abroad independently.  For a number, the first time they have been abroad.

One of those athletes travelling abroad with #TEAMSOGB on his own for the first time, was Chris Woodhead from Bradford. It was a special day for other reasons, too.  Chris was celebrating his 31st birthday.

Tweet pic of #TEAMSOGB athlete Chris blowing out the candle on his cake: https://twitter.com/SOGreatBritain/status/623381815617830913

The Special Olympics GB athletes’ base over the next few days is a fantastic ranch in this glorious part of California, just 25 miles outside Los Angeles.

We are just three days until Opening Ceremony at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of 80,000 people on Saturday 25th July.


TUES 21ST JULY 2015

Your Special Olympics GB team heading to Los Angeles from Heathrow Terminal 3 today (Tuesday 21st July) has just received a wonderful letter from The Prime Minister, David Cameron, giving them his very best wishes for success at The World Games.  See Facebook link to Prime Minister’s letter below: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/photos/a.211472433309.129085.146822618309/1015302709
4183310/?type=1&theater

This was read out last night (Monday evening) at a reception for the athletes hosted by The US Ambassador, His
Excellency Mr Matthew Barzun, at Winfield House in Regents Park.  See Tweet picture of #TEAMSOGB team group below & US Ambassador in London last night:

#TEAMSOGB GROUP PICTURE: https://twitter.com/mrchrishull/status/623248243137359872

Special Olympics GB‘s World Games team of over 100 athletes with learning disabilities - across 19 sports from England, Scotland and Wales - depart Heathrow Terminal 3 this afternoon.

Last night’s event was attended by stars of stage, screen and sport.  The Professional Footballers’ Association’s CEO Gordon Taylor was also in attendance to confirm that The PFA are very kindly providing support to the two Special Olympics GB football teams at the World Games.

See Facebook picture and story of PFA’s support: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsGB/photos/a.10151632646073310.1073741839.146822618309/
10153027688018310/?type=1&theater

The athletes are ready and can’t wait to get on that plane.  This time tomorrow, they will be in LA ready to start their
World Games story.

 

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