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12 Aug 2015
11:30 am

SA bag 61 medals at Special Olympics


South Africa bagged 61 medals at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles, in the United States, which ended on July 31.

South African flag. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The Games provided the platform for athletes with intellectual disabilities to rise above the typical stereotype of daily exclusion and isolation and the team’s phenomenal abilities were celebrated on their return last week.

The six-day event saw Special Olympics South Africa send a team of 88 individuals to represent the country.

The team competed in 10 different sporting codes: soccer, table tennis, futsal, bocce, golf, aquatics, ten-pin bowling, athletics, basketball and equestrian.

South African medals consisted of 17 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze. On their return they were greeted by a cheering crowd of friends and family as well as Special Olympics South Africa Chairperson, Mathews Phosa, Deputy Chairperson Danisa Baloyi, Provincial Department of Sport and Education MEC Wendy Matsemela and sponsors.