Special Olympics 2013

Around 1,700 athletes are preparing to take part in the 2013 Special Olympics in Bath. Teams from across our region are representing Team GB.

Team D&G off to winning start at Special Olympics

Hayden Keir with his gold medal Credit: Hayden Keir

Athletes representing Dumfries and Galloway at the Special Olympics in Bath are off to a great start after picking up medals on day one.

The first team gold came from 13-year-old Hayden Keir from Annan, who won the standing long jump, closely followed by Katy Turner from Moffat who picked up gold in the 100m walk.

Joel Smith from Annan won a bronze in the standing long jump and Emma Crossley from Closeburn and Stuart Slott from Annan picked up two silvers in the 25m Freestyle.

The football team picked up a win and a draw in their first round-robin match Credit: Susan Morrison

The finals medals came from the young Boccia Team of Harriet David, Chrsitian Mason and Morgan Deer of Annan Academy who won bronze.

The football team also made a good start with a draw and a win in their team round-robin competition.

Video montage: Dumfries and Galloway ready for Special Olympics

Athletes representing Dumfries and Galloway are on their way to Bath for the 2013 Special Olympic Games.

The 33 competitors and coaches have spent months preparing for the Games, which begin tomorrow.

Thousands of people with learning disabilities are taking part, and those who do well will qualify for the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.

Watch our video below to see competitors from Dumfries and Galloway during their final preparations, along with coach Sandra Proudfoot:

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