Special Olympic stars

Athletes supported by Cornerstone, will be competing for trophies in swimming and badminton at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Bath this week. 

Elizabeth Dalgarno (50) and Lisa Jaap (29) set off today for the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Held every four years, the 9th National Summer Games will run over three days from August 28 to September 1, when 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales will compete in 12 sports.  

Elizabeth, who has been supported by Cornerstone’s Cumbernauld service for the last nine years, will be competing in ladies singles, doubles and mixed doubles badminton games and will be hoping to add to her trophies, having won “Most Improved Player” at the 2001 Games in Cardiff. 

She has been playing badminton with the Firhill club for over ten years and has taken part in several competitions, including the Four Nations events, where she has won both gold and silver medals. 

Lisa, who is supported by Cornerstone’s Community Support service, will take part in the breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl events, where she hopes to continue the good form which has seen her collect more than 40 medals in various swimming competitions. 

Lisa said: “I am looking forward to getting down there and to start competing. I enjoy taking part in the races and it is scary but I am full of adrenaline as well. It's also good meeting people from all over the country." 

Elizabeth added: “I am very proud to be part of the team taking part in the National Summer Games and I would like to wish good luck to all my friends who are taking part.”

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