Student wins 3 medals at Special Olympics

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An inspirational student has brought home three medals from the Special Olympics 2015 in Los Angeles.

Athletics star Steven Bryce, 19, from Cambusnethan, competed with over 7,000 athletes from 170 countries to win the three medals at the global event.

The NQ Horizon student won gold for his performance in 1500 metre, silver for the 800 metre and bronze for the 4 x 100 metre relay race.

Steven, who has global developmental delay, made the trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Olympics following selection for Team Great Britain after a successful track record for Scotland West.

In his final year of College, Steven hopes that his successes will lead him to a successful future in athletics on completion of his course.

He said: “I was so happy to win the medals. I trained six days a week to make sure I was ready to do my best.

“It was very hot, but I still managed to bring home gold, silver and bronze, and even made a personal best in the 800 metre race.

“I was excited to come back and tell my friends at college. I hope that once I finish my course I will continue in athletics and win more medals!”

Faculty of Supported Learning CQL, Janice Slamin, said: “We are thrilled for Steven and his success at the Special Olympics.

“His hard-working attitude and enthusiasm will always get him far, and he is a true inspiration to his fellow peers, students and staff at New College Lanarkshire.

“His ongoing dedication to athletics, while retaining his commitment to his college work is admirable, and as a College we would like to congratulate Steven for his successes.”

The Special Olympics 2015 were hosted across several sporting establishments in Los Angeles. The opening ceremony included a welcome by Michelle Obama and included entertainment from Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne and Nicole Scherzinger.

The College helped Steven reach his fundraising total for the trip through enterprise events with the NQ Horizon students. The College doubled the amount raised, reaching the total of £400.

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