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Sean wins gold in Berlin

CASTLE Douglas’ very own Sean Allen struck gold in the judo event at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin last week

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By Zac Hannay
Sean wins gold in Berlin
GOLD MEDAL . . . Sean Allen from Castle Douglas

The event was the largest inclusive sports event of the year and the aim of the Games is to help achieve greater recognition and social participation of people with intellectual disabilities.

Colin Dyer, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Sean. This is a remarkable achievement, from an exceptional athlete and person.

“Each one of our competitors has defied all odds to partake in these games and to come away with a medal caps a monumental accomplishment.”

Special Olympics GB is the largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults of all abilities with intellectual disabilities in the UK.

This year, it had 82 athletes representing 17 sports at the Games.

The Special Olympics GB team is part funded by the fundraising efforts of Jingle Jam, created in 2011 by one of the most-followed YouTube gaming channels, Yogscast, and recognised as the world’s largest charity gaming even. In addition, the unified football team is being supported by the League Managers Association (LMA).