to the Community at an Awards Ceremony held recently.
Will Browning, 14 and his sister Jemima Browning, who will be 16 this month, were delighted and surprised to be presented with trophies, £75 in vouchers and a personalised gym kit at the Adversity Awards held at the Old Swan in Harrogate which was hosted by Gambaru gym.
Will received an Adversity Award for his achievement in swimming and his swim squad won Community Team of the Year. Jemima won Young Achiever of the Year and her award was presented to her by the CEO of North Yorkshire Sport.
“To receive the Young Achiever of the Year Award was an amazing surprise,” said Jemima. “I really did not see it coming and the whole evening was a truly uplifting experience,” she added.
Further exciting news for the Brownings too as, through their involvement with Play Unified, they have been appointed to be on the European Youth Activation Committee to represent the Special Olympics in Great Britain. The four teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Serbia and Great Britain will work together for the next two years to bring the youth strategy in the region forward.
They will create, develop and implement youth activation plans in their countries in strong collaboration with their National Program.
They will serve as examples of youth activation for other programs who want to develop and benefit from their experience in this area.
Special Olympics Europe covers 58 national programmes of which Special Olympics GB is one.
Jemima’s contribution to her community has been incredible at such a young age.
She has set up an inclusive swimming club for both people with and without learning disability to take part.
Will, who has Downs Syndrome, is part of the club.
Jemima is looking at incorporating her swimming club into the Special Olympics organisation and Will is exploring the process with his family of becoming a Special Olympics athlete. Will said: “I am so excited to be given this opportunity and to work with other people like me to make the future of the Special Olympics.”