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The Special Olympics is a global multi-sport event that took place in Abu Dhabi during March 2019. It provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports, giving them ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes from across the world.
18 year old Lily Mills, one of team GB and ranked second among UK tennis female players with Learning Disabilities has won 2 Gold medals, one for ladies singles and the second for mixed doubles with her sporting partner Ryan Caven.
Lily, a former student at Stormont House one of Hackney’s outstanding special schools, was selected because of her success and role as tennis ambassador and for the development squad for the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) whose vision is for “athletes with an intellectual impairment across the world to have the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport and high-level competition” a vision which Lilly delivered on last week.
A spokesperson for Stormont House School said “We feel very privileged that we were able to support and watch Lily grow into the amazing sports woman she is today. Lily winning 2 Gold medals for England at the Special Olympics is a perfect example of our school motto “Achievement for All”. We are so proud of Lily, she has proved that with hard work and high aspirations anything is possible. We look forward to inviting Lily back to school to celebrate her success and for her to see how she has inspired our students through her achievements.”
Lily says “I felt happy and proud to be representing Great Britain at the Special Olympics. It was an amazing experience.”