Thought you might like to be kept in the loop about a programme due to be screened this coming Thursday, 19 July on BBC 4 at 9.30. Although it was not originally commissioned by Special Olympics GB, it’s a very good film and well worth a watch for anyone who has any involvement with the organisation and in particular those of you who give us such great support volunteering.
Look out for the clip of Hannah Dempsey on the podium at the World Winter Games in Boise receiving her silver medal – pretty much sums up everything to celebrate about our very special and inspirational Athletes and will have you smiling from ear to ear. This brilliant bit of footage of Hannah was shot by our very own Sue Hughes- Payne from National Grid in Warwick and, rumour has it, that seeing this clip on YouTube motivated the film maker to put this programme together.
Please share this information with any of your fellow work colleagues, volunteers, friends and family who you think might like to watch this programme …. and no G4S in sight!
SPECIAL OLYMPICS GB ‘ON THE BOX!’
A reminder that the documentary I LOVE SPECIAL OLYMPICS will air on Thursday 19th July 2012 at 9.30 p.m. on BBC 4. The film chronicles the lives of four of our SOGB athletes:
Hannah Dempsey, 24, from Bromley, is a gymnast and dancer who wants to be the most famous Downs Syndrome person in the World
Oliver Everest, 19, from Battle is a Special Olympics World Champion Judoka who as a partially-sighted foster child with Autism struggles to make sense of the World
Jonathan Frett, 45, from New Malden, is a medal-winning Ten Pin Bowler who couldn’t walk until he was nine and said his first word at seven
Basketballer Tom Brownsword, 17 from Folkestone just wants to fit in but hates crowds and finds it difficult to mix in a team, yet he won Silver at the Special Olympics national Summer Games in Leicester and Bronze at Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens 2011.
All four have intellectual disabilities but this does not define them. They are proud to be Special Olympics athletes, training all year-round to compete in local, regional, European, International and World competitions on behalf of their club, region and country.
The stories from their parents and carers are now, with their permission, broadcast for the first time on television. They are equally – if not more – revealing and informative as they deal with some truly special challenges in helping their children become more independent and less reliant on others as they grow older. The parents tackle daily obstacles to improve their children’s’ futures. This 60-minute HD documentary is relevant and essential viewing for any family in Britain today.
The film incorporated training allowing the athletes to plan and shoot their own short movies and interview their peers.
Kindest regards, Chris.
Special Olympics GB Communications Consultant
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