Special Olympics Success for Seevic Student

Monday, 29 September 2014

Kieran Neary with his medalsSeevic student – Kieran Neary – brings home three medals from this month’s Special Olympics European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

Kieran Neary, aged 19 and previously a pupil at Cedar Hall School, is currently participating in the Supported Internship Programme with Seevic College’s Skills Academy. Kieran is part of the Team GB Aquatics Squad, and represented Great Britain in a number of swimming events at the Games between Saturday 13 and Saturday 20 September 2014. 

Kieran brought home three medals from the Special Olympics European Games, including one Bronze and two Silver. The Bronze was won in the 100 metres swimming freestyle, while the first silver was for the 100 metres backstroke and the other for the team medley relay.

As a dedicated athlete, Kieran works hard to prepare himself for competition. He said: “I train at Runnymede, across the road from Seevic College, and I swim six times a week. When I swim in the mornings I start very early; I start at half five and continue until seven. Then, on some days, I swim for two hours in the evening as well.”  

When asked about his experience at the games, Kieran said: “We enjoyed ourselves at the Opening Ceremony on the first Saturday, then we stayed in an Olympic Village called Sun Parks for a week, and after the Closing Ceremony we had a bit of a disco.

“I became part of Team Great Britain; I was doing my best to do very well for our country.”

As well as representing his country in an international sporting event, and bringing home three medals for his trouble, Kieran also stopped in for a visit to Westminster with Team GB en route to the sporting event. “Before we went to compete in Belgium we met the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, at Number 10 Downing Street in London.”

Team Great Britain brought back 103 medals, with 41 being Gold, from the Special Olympics European Summer Games in Belgium. Team GB was made up of 49 athletes with learning disabilities, joining 2,000 other competitors from 58 different countries.

Kieran in the Echo

The Skills Academy offers courses specifically tailored to the needs of individuals who would benefit from learning within a supported environment. The Supported Internship programme is a one year course for students up to the age of 25, designed to make the first steps into employment less daunting for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

You can find out more about the Skills Academy, as well as the wide range of other courses available, at Seevic’s next Open Evening on Tuesday 14 October – from 5.30pm to 8pm.


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