18 year old Lily Mills, team GB member and ranked second among UK tennis female players with Learning Disabilities, has won Gold - twice! Lilly's 2 Gold medals include:
- one for ladies singles
- one for mixed doubles with her sporting partner Ryan Caven.
The Special Olympics is a global multi-sport event. During March 2019 it took place in Abu Dhabi.
It provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports.
This offers ongoing opportunities for participants to:
- develop physical fitness
- demonstrate courage and experience joy
- participate in sharing gifts and skills
- develop relationships and friendships with their families and other Special Olympics athletes from across the world.
Lily is a former student at Stormont House one of Hackney’s outstanding special schools. 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.”