Midlothian Olympians win medals

Susan Boyle travels with the Lothian Special Olympics team
Susan Boyle travels with the Lothian Special Olympics team

The Lothian team has returned from the recent Special Olympics in Bath, with a haul of medals coming home to Midlothian.

The team came back with 18 golds, ten silvers and ten bronze medals, competing in six sports - football, swimming, boccia, bowling, golf and ten-pin bowling.

Team manager Yvonne Anderson revealed a famous fan.

She said: “It’s absolutely amazing. Our athletes enjoyed it, and they got to meet Susan Boyle.

“She flew down with the team and sang at the opening ceremony. She was wearing the Lothian tracksuit and was there to welcome us back at the airport. She came to some of our events to support us, she was very good.

“It was a very friendly event and a great experience. Everybody is respected, there are no disabilities when we are there. Everyone is equal.”

Midlothian members of the team exceeded expectations in Bath.

“I was very proud of the team,” said Anderson.

“Some of them we thought would just be going for the experience but they won medals, and not any medals but golds.

“They have all done really well and I think every single Midlothian member of the team got a medal.”

Read more in the September 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.