Special Olympics SA team returns to a hero’s welcome

Members of the Special Olympics South Africa national team received a hero’s welcome when they touched down at O.R Tambo International Airport on Wednesday following their extraordinary performance at the World Games in Berlin, Germany.

The team amassed 22 gold, 20 silver, and seven bronze medals – placing them among the top contenders and reinforcing the team’s status as true champions.

This remarkable achievement holds great significance for South Africa, as it exemplifies the extraordinary talent, determination, and resilience of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Nkosazana Dlamimi-Zuma, the Minister of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities, said President Cyril Ramaphosa will also host the team at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Special Olympics SA chairperson Mathews Phosa expressed profound pride in the team’s remarkable success.

“Our athletes’ remarkable achievements have ignited a sense of pride and unity throughout South Africa,” Phosa said.

“By showcasing their abilities, they have shattered misconceptions surrounding intellectual disabilities and fostered a more inclusive society.

“This outstanding medal tally not only celebrates their sporting achievements but also serves as a powerful symbol of hope and inspiration for millions of individuals with intellectual disabilities across our nation.”

The achievements by these remarkable athletes go beyond the medal count, as they shattered barriers, defied expectations, and emerged as a beacon of inspiration for the entire nation.

Special Olympics SA said it is committed to creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to showcase their abilities, promote inclusion, and advocate for a more inclusive society.

Through the power of sports, they continue to break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and provide a platform for individuals to reach their full potential.


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