Alison’s Story

Proud Parent Carer, Alison, shares fantastic news about her son Cameron’s Special Olympic achievements.

Cameron Sargent, aged 13, from South Staffordshire, was selected for the Special  Olympics British Figure Skating team earlier this year and in April he took part
in the Special Olympics International Figure Skating Competition in Vienna,
competing at level 2. He won a silver medal!!

His mum said, “We had no expectations and tried hard to make clear to Cameron
that he just needed to do his best and enjoy himself. Bringing back a silver
medal for Great Britain was a wonderful bonus. It’s amazing.”

Alison's Story

Cameron has autism and a learning disability, and he attends special school
in South Staffordshire. He has been figure skating for 6 years at Cannock
and Coventry ice rinks and he is also a member of the Stafford Special Olympics
group which provides weekly athletics training.

The Special Olympics organisation provides sports training and competition
for children and adults with learning disabilities throughout the world. His
mum said, “we are fortunate that Cameron has a brilliant network around
him, with friends and family, school, church, healthcare and Special Olympics.

Through Special Olympics we have met some really wonderful people. We have
truly been blessed by the people we meet and disability has opened up a whole new
world for our family and friends.”
Special Olympics celebrates the achievements of athletes. Its motto is
‘Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt’. And bravery
is demonstrated by the athletes every day, not just at their sporting events. It’s
inspiring.

Already Cameron is busy training for the Special Olympics National Competition
being held in Dumfries at the beginning of November and his free programme
promises to be something quite different! After that the British Team members are
off to an Open Competition in Finland at the end of November.

It is turning out to be an incredible year for Cameron. In addition to his
International silver medal, Cameron has been awarded the Staffordshire Talented
Athlete Gold award by Staffordshire County Council. This is a great honour
for Cameron. He plans to use the award to assist with training costs during the
course of the next 12 months and to help him progress in the sport and to inspire
others.
from Alison (Cameron’s mother)