17th March 2019
Greg Silvester, Special Olympics GB athlete, joined our 128-strong GB squad out in Abu Dhabi this week for the first couple of days of the World Games.
Greg has been an inspiration for young children, families and carers around the county as he has excelled as athlete, coach and advocate when raising awareness of learning disabilities in Great Britain and became a Special Olympics GB board member in December 2010.
Greg was delighted to join this years World Games GB squad and said “I feel quite tearful today seeing all the athletes competing on this stage having been on BBC and all the recent coverage. I’m so proud of being involved for over 20 years and to see how Special Olympics GB has grown.”
Having travelled out to Abu Dhabi, Greg and his parents were welcomed into the home of John Kelly, Senior Vice President at Rolls-Royce UAE and Africa, and his wife Shelly who moved over 18 months ago. They first got involved with Special Olympics having attended a Gala dinner where Special Olympics featured requesting support for the World Games. Following on from engaging their 3 children with Paralympics 2012 John and Shelly offered to become a host family for the Games. They saw the Special Olympics World Summer Games as an amazing opportunity to help them understand more about intellectual disabilities and the importance of creating a more inclusive and unified world. Their youngest child, Imogen, took a real shine to Greg during his visit and it’s been great to help her understand Down’s Syndrome and to teach the children about inclusion with Shelley saying “The Silvester’s have left for the UK today and we we’re sorry to see them go. It’s been an honour and a privilege to have them stay with us.”
Thank you so much to Greg and his parents for showing their support to the team at the World Games and to John and Shelly who welcomed them so warmly into their home.