Cheering on Andrew

It’s not often that Felixstowe can boast of having an Olympic Athlete, but we’re pleased to say our very own Andrew Brooks has been selected for the Special Olympics Great Britain National Games being held in Sheffield next year!

Andrew, 41, who has Down’s syndrome, is a member of “Orwell Panthers Athletic Club,” which is a club for Athletes with various disabilities. Andrew is very excited about representing the Eastern Region and has been selected for the shot-put, discus and javelin events all of which may lead to his selection to represent Great Britain in the 2018 Euro Games and the 2019 World Summer Games.

The cost for each athlete to attend is £565 per person. The BASIC LIFE CHARITY has very kindly sponsored Andrew for the full amount so that his carers and coach can attend to cheer him along!

BASIC’s founder Graham Denny says, “We received a request for assistance and were delighted to be able to cover the cost Andrew’s amazing achievement. We feel Felixstowe should be very proud of Andrew and we’re sure he’ll do very well at next year’s games.”

The Special Olympics were founded by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver (sister of the late President John F Kennedy) in 1968 and are the third member of the ‘Olympic Family’ with the Olympic Games and Paralympics. The Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The Special Olympics are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

We at The Felixstowe Magazine, would like to congratulate Andrew on his stellar achievement and wish him huge success in the years to come.

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