#TeamSOGB Updates from our Coaches - Day 4 Competitions

19th March 2019

#TeamSOGB Updates from our Coaches - Day 4 Competitions
Tennis Report by Mel Whitehead
 Another long but enjoyable day at the Tennis today. The morning kicked off with a gold for Ryan and Lily in the mixed doubles. Everyone was so excited to receive their doubles awards at our first medal ceremony! Singles matches resumed in the afternoon with a 4th place for Fiona and a silver for Ben. Good day all around!
Sailing Report by David
Today was Sailing's first day of competition following divisioning. The team arrived to around 14 knots of breeze (borderline conditions) but with clear safety measures taken and plans in place racing proceeded without hesitation. The wind eased off slightly as the day went on but meant each level got to have four races each, with level 1 and 5 (our sailors) racing 5! At the start of the day Darren and Jamie (division 2) and Laura and Shannon (division 3) were in 4th place. Mick and Lewis (division 4) weren't far off in 6th. After a mixed day of races with everyone getting a mixed bag of races (special mention going to Darren and Jamie for some epic comebacks mid-race), we have two athletes now either in medal contention or in fighting distance. Darren and Jamie sit in silver position and Laura and Shannon are just 2 points off bronze. Mick and Lewis moved up a place to 5th. We are hoping for 8 more races per level over the last two days of competition so everyone still has a chance to get medals. Thank you to the management and medical team for coming by in the afternoon to learn more about our sport and support the team out on the water.

Powerlifting report by Emma Stott
Mark has had stage fright during training whilst in the UAE.We've been working on conquering this fear and has proved to everyone that when his mind is set he can do anything.Today he has achieved 2 personal bests in competition with bench at 50kg and deadlift at 105kg.We are still awaiting what place he has achieved.


Rhythmic Gymnastics Report by Sue Williams
Great day at ADNEC today, went and did some activities in the morning. In the afternoon Mica and Caroline did some fantastic level 1 routines, rope, ball,hoop and ribbon with some fantastic support from the spectators.  Waiting for the results now.
Swimming Report by Emma Inglis
 What an amazing day at the pool. We had 2 races Phil in the morning in the 25m breaststroke where he came 2nd. This race was a really close final and was fantastic to watch.In the afternoon we had the 25m freestyle for Sandra and she totally smashed it coming back from third place to win gold. This was an amazing swim. Needless to say everyone was over the moon for Sandra and she was buzzing with her second gold medal of the games.
What a fantastic day!!
In other news we helped the staff at the venue complete their daily challenge by swimming down an escalator.

Judo Report by Jo Imrie
Today was judo's 3rd and final day of competition.  SOGB had 2 athletes on this day who both gave superb effort throughout the day.Daniel won gold today and won all 3 fights by an ippon score.  They were tough opponents from Germany,  Belgium and Bharat but through this he never gave up and pushed for gold. Philip was unsuccessful against talented opponents from Russia and Mongolia but managed to collect a bronze medal.  They were tough opponents but he gave a fantastic effort and a great overall performance. SOGB took 7 judo athletes to this games and at the end of competition we achieved 7 medals in total:
2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze.All athletes were determined and should be very proud of their performances in these games.In addition to our competing we finished healthy athlete village and collected our shoes along with meeting new judo friends and having our SOGB Camel Humphrey join us on our travels.

Athletics Report by Karen Robertson
Today started with Alexander in the 400m Final. A delay in the programme did not put Alexander off and he started off very strong. He ran a very clever race and with 200 meters to go was sitting in 5th position. From there he took off and over took 4th place followed by 3rd place and ended with a silver medal around his neck with a great time of 56.25.
Next up we had Tammara in her 400m walk. Again Tammara started strong and the race was close for the first 150m. From there the Russian took off to first and Tammara and the Hungarian were left to fight it out for the silver and bronze. Tammara walked well and ended with a time of 2.48.36 and a Bronze Medal.
Finally Hannah was up in the 100 meter race. Hannah who had been tumbling out the PBs since she arrived got yet another today in her 100m with a time of 19.65 and this landed her in a great 5th place.

Equestrian Report by Julia Gourley
 Another great day for the equestrians who all did so well after their good luck message from the band Franz Ferdinand! “- Hi, it's Julian from Franz Ferdinand here, just a note to say best of luck to the equestrian team from #TeamSOGB for the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi! Have fun & I'm sure you're going to absolutely smash it! ”
The team did indeed smash it today with 3 Golds, 2 Silver and a 4th! Lucy and Tom, both from London both won Gold in the A level equitation, then Kristen from Aberdeenshire won 4th. In the afternoon, T-Jay from Yorkshire won Gold in the B level equitation, James also from Yorkshire won Silver, and Marie from Aberdeenshire won Silver. Very well done everyone!
Looking forward to dressage day tomorrow!

Golf Report by Jamie McDonald
Another good days golf divisioning. As the day went on , the wind picked up but the players battled it out. The temperatures were a little cooler today - but still very warm. All players are now in their competition divisions - very fair.
Opening ceremony at 7.15/ 7.30 am followed by the first competition round for all of our players. Level 4 tee times have just been amended with William now teeing off st 12.20, Caitlin at 22.30 & Mark at 12.40

Badminton Report by Lyndsey Stuart
“Today was a tough game against Oman today that James new was important to win and the boy did it, he played outstanding. There were a few iffy moments where he had our nerves on the line but he listened and played his heart out today absolutely thrilled for him and could not be prouder of him. Before his match he was living having his interview by BBC and then he played that well that afterwards faz from BWF (badminton world federation) wanted an interview so he’s been on cloud nine today.
We have another tough game tomorrow against Bahrain that if won will guarantee James a medal, what colour yet we don’t know but it’s all to play for. So hope everyone back home and his support here wishes him all the luck in the world but I have complete faith if he plays as well as he did today he will smash it.”

Bocce Report by Ling Mann
 Zoe said “I was over the moon with my Gold medal in my singles game”.She said the highlight for her was “My parents cheering me on and I just want to thank everyone for their kind messages”David supported Zoe in her game today she played very well and congratulations on her medal.
Looking forward to the doubles tomorrow Go SOGB Bocce!

Table Tennis Report by Steven McFadyen
 The athletes were looking forward to their last morning of action at this World Games and wanted to make the most of it and boy did they!
The boys started off with wins against Switzerland and UAE which we were all delighted about! Some of the leadership Alex showed to support Michael and guide him through Games was tremendous. A final game against another UAE team which they won and took the gold! All of their hard work and practice paid off to grab a gold medal which no-one was expecting as they’ve never competed as a pair before!
Then the girls were up next started the morning with a really strong victory against a tricky and resilient pair from Lithuania. Then again another victory against a great Korean team which set them up nicely going into the final match against China! They fought hard and gave it everything but we’re delighted to leave with a silver medal!
They’ve done so well and achieved so much over the last few week I could not be happier for them!

Football Report by Bobby Coltman
 Fantastic result for Special Olympics great football today beating Australia 1-0 in the last group game, the team is now undefeated in divisioning and we haven’t let a goal in this tournament. We play Australia at 10:30am tomorrow morning for Gold or Silver. There was some outstanding performances from Shaun McCulloch and Steven Johnson today but also it was a really solid team effort to keep Australia at bay. We are looking forward to Final tomorrow which is also against Australia.

Cycling report to follow shortly!


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