Norfolk plays host to hot competition at Trowse in Special Olympics event

The temperature was not exactly Alpine – and the competition was decidedly hot – when Special Olympics Norfolk (SON) hosted its third Eastern Region skiing competition at the Norfolk Snowsports Club at Trowse.

 Photo Credit: Bernard Wright

More than 50 skiers took part in the event last month, including 13 representing SON, the county branch of a national and international organisation that provides sporting opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Other teams travelled from Surrey and the South-East, West Midlands and North-West England to compete in slalom and grand slalom contests – plus a glide event for novices – on the artificial ski slope.

Norfolk skiers finished with an impressive 13-medal haul, including a notable debut success for nine-year-old Roman Carey from East Harling. 

Competing for the first time on the main slope, he won silver in the slalom and gold in the giant slalom junior events.

Double gold triumph came the way of two of SON’s top winter athletes, 19-year-old George Burroughs from Lowestoft and Annabelle Lamb, also 19, from Freethorpe.

They repeated their success of last year, filling top places in the slalom and giant slalom advanced events.

Medals were presented by Mark and Simon Loveday of Loveday & Partners, the event sponsors. 

Thanking the sponsors, along with Norfolk Snowsports Club and volunteers who supported the event, SON chair Nicola Fish said it was a wonderful opportunity for SON to showcase the wide range of sporting opportunities available to people with learning disabilities through the Special Olympics movement.

As well as skiing, SON supports participants of all ages in athletics, swimming, artistic gymnastics, football, cricket, ten-pin bowling and boccia (a petanque-style game). 

Last year it enabled 27 Norfolk athletes to take part in the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield, winning a total of over 40 medals.

Words by Tom Walshe

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