Ravenswood athletes triumph at the Special Olympics GB with 19 medals

4 September 2013

I’m really happy for all of our athletes who have trained so hard. Winning 19 medals is an unbelievable achievement – well done to every member of the team!

Norwood is excited to announce the amazing achievements of its Ravenswood athletes who participated at the Special Olympics GB. Held in Bath between 28 August and 1 September, the 17 Olympians returned home with an awe inspiring 19 medals, a fantastic three golds, ten silvers and six bronzes in athletics and boccia competitions.

Located in the scenic Berkshire countryside, Ravenswood is home to 130 adults with learning disabilities, many of whom regularly participate in a whole range of sports, including athletics, football, trampolining and swimming. Norwood actively encourages the people it supports to participate in such events which encourages and inspires them to develop their social skills, and improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Proud athlete Jackie Andresier said: "I had an amazing time and although I was in a tough race, I was really pleased to win the gold medal in the 50m sprint. I also enjoyed making lots of new friends."

Nigel Trumper, Head Coach of the athletics squad and Ravenswood’s Sport and Leisure Coordinator, said: “The Ravenswood team as part of the Southern Region squad, once again excelled at the Special Olympics National Games held in Bath. For all our athletes, this was the culmination of four years’ hard training and competition at regional level to qualify for the Games. We took a team consisting of a range of abilities – everyone upheld the Olympic spirit and the results achieved were a well-deserved reflection on their dedication and sportsmanship. Our squad of 17 athletes returned with a wonderful haul of 19 medals. The athletes were back on the track today training for their next regional event.”

Angela Duce, Norwood’s Director of Operations said: "I’m really happy for all of our athletes who have trained so hard. Winning 19 medals is an unbelievable achievement – well done to every member of the team!"