Special Achievement Award
In 2018 William won bronze medal at the Scottish Open Boccia in the BC1 class. William then qualified for the National Boccia championship in Dublin where he competed against the current Irish champion Niamh Dunphy defeating her 11 points to 9. William has since received an invitation to a training weekend with the GB Paralympic squad in Scotland in February. William trains with Devenish Warriors powerchair football team and, along with Ballinamallard’s Ben Thompson, is training for the Northern Ireland powerchair football team and pushing for selection for the European Championships in Finland in May.
In 2018 Malcolm was selected to the Ulster Level 4 Football Team to compete in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in June in Dublin. Malcolm has been a long-time playing member of Lakeland SOC football team. In June 2018, he was selected to compete in the Special Olympics Ireland games as goalkeeper in the Level 4 Ulster team. Malcolm had an excellent games ending day 1, divisioning day, as top goalkeeper; he continued to impress throughout the games with some outstanding saves. Malcolm never misses training and will soon begin his Special Olympics Ulster league campaign with the Lakeland team.
Cora is one of the most committed athletes in the Lakeland Special Olympics club, enjoying success in both football and athletics throughout the year. Cora’s quiet and unassuming nature belies her physical fitness, determination and competitive spirit, which was evident in the Athletics Regional Games in Antrim June 2017. Her determination was rewarded in both very highly contested divisions in 400m and 800m runs, where Cora secured gold and silver medals. Cora always gives her all in both training and competition, her willingness to learn and develop as an athlete is inspirational to others.
Joseph won two silver medals in kayaking at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Dublin in June, 200m sprint and 500m sprint. He entered into the current four-year Special Olympics cycle winning gold in kayaking at the Ulster games in June 2017 and was selected for the Ulster team to compete in the National Games in Dublin in June 2018. Joseph trained weekly with his club and every three weeks with the Ulster squad. The competition in Dublin was Joseph’s first experience of a national games; he performed exceptionally well to win silver in both his events against more experienced athletes. Joseph also trains and competes in football. He is a talented player and dedicated trainer, noted for his modest nature, his willingness to support others and his sportsmanship.
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Final deadline is: 10am, Monday 28th January 2019.