Special Olympic World Summer Games
Jidel Judo were extremely lucky to have been able to given the chance for 1 of our Athletes Kathleen Inglis and 1 of our coaches Jo Imrie to participate in this prestigious event.
Jo was the Head Judo Coach for Special Olympics Great Britain.
Across 12 days, approximately 7,000 athletes from 177 countries competed in 25 sports at the biggest Special Olympic World Games to date. They were cheered on by 500,000 spectators.
Judo being one of these sports, Team GB consisted of :
Head Coach : Jo Imrie
Assistant Coach: Paul Everest
3 male Athletes
3 Female Athletes
Thomas Farley and Harry Farley from SO South East Region – Club Westerleigh Judokwai, Christopher Murphy SO Scotland West – Pro Judo
Kathleen Inglis SO Lothian Region – Jidel Judo 93
Sarah Scott SO Northern – Club Sunderland SO
Holly Tadman SO South East Region – Club Westerleigh Judokwai
This was a fantastic experience not just for the athletes but also for the coaches.
This amazing trip was kicked off with a trip to the American Ambassador residence in Regents Park, we had a wonderful afternoon of games and entertainment and of course food.
We were welcomed by our host town the city of Calabasas, staying on the Kind Gillette ranch, where we spent the next 3 days training and enjoying the local community and attending lunch at the City Halls ,being taken to local Mexican restaurant for dinner. On the last evening, the whole town turned out at the ranch and put on a hoe down for us, with a huge BBQ.
On the Friday we travelled to LA, where we were taken to the British Ambassador’s residence, we were treated to a lovely afternoon with food and entertainment, meeting a few celebrities, like Audley Harrison (with his gold medal) and Isaac C singleton, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame.
Settling into our athlete’s village on the UCLA campus, we were the started to think about our competitions ahead.
Walking out as a GB team for the opening ceremony was such a special time and one that the athletes and coaches will never forget. The opening ceremony included inspiring speeches from people like Michelle Obama, entertainment was from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne.
The athletes all competed extremely well and GB judo team achieved 1 Gold 3 Silvers 1 Bronze and 4th place ribbon.
There were some excellent and very exciting fights from the GB team and I am so glad to have been a part of that part in the athlete’s lives.
All good things have to come to an end and ours did with a closing ceremony, this was more like a party held in the Millennium Coliseum, Entertainment from singers Carly Rae Jepsen and a live DJ, the coaches and athletes dance the night away.
This is was the biggest sporting event anywhere in the world this year.