Although the sun failed to shine for the Special Olympics East Midlands athletics competition at the Princess Royal Sports Arena, the smiles on the faces of the 76 athletes taking part cheered everyone up.
Three athletes from Boston, Jon Stevens, Kate Headland and John Gleadell, were presented with medals in their chosen events by Mayor and Mayoress of Boston, Coun Mary Wright and Mrs Sue Donaldson.
Angela Morley, chairman of Special Olympics Lincolnshire said: “A lot of personal best times have been achieved at this event, which just outlines the importance of competitions for athletes with a learning disability.
“It is a reward for all the hard work and training they put in throughout the year.
“We have had many up and coming athletes in Lincolnshire this year and it looks like we will have some potential first class athletes.
Kris Stevens, parent of Jon said: “Special Olympics has opened up a whole new world for Jon. He enjoys training and competing in Special Olympics that cater specifically for people with learning difficulties, allowing Jon to be equal amongst his peers for the first time in his life.
“I’m so proud of his achievements in winning two gold medals in events at his first competition. Special Olympics has been such a boost for his confidence.”
For further information on Special Olympics Lincolnshire, contact Angy Morley on 07759597977, email firstname.lastname@example.org