The Recognition Award highlights the fantastic contribution made to sport by athletes and sports people with an intellectual, physical or sensory disability, who have overcome major obstacles to be the best they can be.
Young Rebecca is a very modest, softly spoken young athlete who joined Special Olympics some 4 years ago and trained in both Bocce and swimming. She has excelled in both sports but it is bocce that has become her first sport. It was with great trepidation and timidness that Rebecca threw her first bocce ball 4 years ago but that soon changed. She is now one of Omagh Spires most enthusiastic, skilled and competitive players. She is phenomenal.
Rebecca can read a game, has great eye to ball co-ordination, and is very focused. Rebecca as well as 9 other of her team mates has selected to compete in the Ireland Games June 2018. In order for this to happen Rebecca had to compete and be placed in the Ulster West bocce competition and in the Ulster Regional Completion. These took place over the past 2 years. She was also a member of the runner up Bocce League Division 2 team for 2017.
Sean is a popular Carrickmore man who has been a member of the Starbreakers Special Olympics Club from its humble beginnings in 2003. He has competed regularly in local, Area and Regional Games and this year was part of the Ulster Athletics League winning team. Sean also picked up a Gold medal at the Area Games in Templemore and then emulated that feat with another Gold at the Ulster Championships in Antrim in June. Sean competes in 50m run and Mini Javelin events and in July was selected to be a part of Team Ulster Athletics for the forthcoming 2018 All Ireland National Games in Dublin. He has also played football at Croke Park.
Aaron has been riding at Omagh Riding for The Disabled (RDA) for over 2 years and has received excellent coaching from Gwen Garrett and all her team. In 2017 he was chosen to represent Omagh in the NI Regional Championships held in Danescroft Lisburn. Aaron rode on “Paddy” a lovely black and white horse and competed in two events. He was awarded first prize in the Dressage competition and took second spot in the Countryside Challenge. Aaron achieved the highest overall points within the competition and was awarded a silver platter alongside being named Runner up Junior Rider of the year.
For a relative newcomer like Aaron to make the small Omagh team of seven riders for the flagship RDA National Championships held in Hartpury, England was a truely outstanding achievement and showed the huge progress he has made in the saddle in a short period of time. Aaron competed in The Countryside Challenge riding on Miss Ingenuity and was awarded 3rd prize with competition from all over the UK. Aaron is currently training to win a place to once again represent Omagh RDA in 2018.
Kevin has been an athlete with Omagh Spires Special Olympics Club for over 10 years training and competing in football, swimming and bocce. This young man is an inspiration to all and it’s not just because of how he applies himself to sport. It’s his whole demeanour. Kevin starts his training sessions and ends with the same enthusiasm and commitment. With Kevin it really isn’t all about winning, that’s not to say he doesn’t appreciate winning. Quite the opposite. He loves winning. It’s about the enjoyment he gets in being part of a team and knowing that when he is good he is very good.
Even though Kevin has minimal speech he certainly leaves no one in any drought how he feels and it is a joy to watch and experience his progress in the sport of bocce. Kevin as well as 9 other of his team mates has been selected to compete in the Ireland Games June 2018. In order for this to happen Kevin had to compete and be placed in the Ulster West bocce competition and in the Ulster Regional Completion. He was also a member of the runner up Bocce League Division 2 team for 2017.
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Final voting deadline is: 10am, Friday 23rd February 2018.