Special Olympics
Triumphant Lines returns home with two bronze medals

By Liam Moakes Wednesday 13 February 2013 Updated: 14/02 14:46

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Buy photos » Clare Lines (third left) and the rest of the GB squad on their arrival at London Heathrow. (s)

REDDITCH'S Clare Lines had two bronze medals to show off when she arrived back at London Heathrow last week from a highly successful Special Olympics World Winter Games.

The Great Britain 'magnificent seven' team enjoyed a record medal haul in South Korea as skiers from Biggin Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Cobham, Llanelli, Aberdeen and Rossendale joined Lines in representing Great Britain with pride.

The total haul for the Special Olympics GB Team was 13, including six gold, four silver and three bronze.

Elizabeth Allen of Llanelli won two gold and one silver, Jane Andrews of Tunbridge Wells claimed two gold, Robert Holden of Rossendale clinched one gold and two silver, Lines bagged two bronze, Wayne McCarthy of Biggin Hill won one gold and one silver, Aberdeen's Luke Purdie claimed fourth, seventh and eighth placed ribbons and Mikael Undrom of Cobham clinched one bronze.

These seven skiers were chosen to represent their country in Pyeongchang between January 26 and February 6 from 73 skiers with intellectual (learning) disabilities who qualified at Special Olympics Great Britain's National Alpine Ski Championships in Pila, Italy, last year.

Over 100 nations participated in the event, with 2,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities taking part.

Special Olympics GB CEO Karen Wallin said: "I would like to thank our seven skiers for representing Great Britain in South Korea at the World Winter Games with such pride, passion and honour.

"This is a fantastic number of medals and each one of our skiers performed at their very own personal best."

The year-round sports coaching and events provided by Special Olympics in Great Britain is clinically proven to positively change the quality of lives of our athletes.

Almost 1.2 million people in Great Britain (two per cent of the population) have an intellectual disability.

Recent research from Canterbury Christchurch University shows those who did participate in Special Olympics had a higher self-esteem than those who did not take part.

Higher self-esteem leads to more feelings of self-worth and more self-care. Findings also concluded that those involved in Special Olympics had wider social networks and lower stress levels.

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