BORDERS Special Olympic athletes returned from Athens this week with plenty to smile about.
Kelso’s Lucy Porteous teamed up with Jayne Hinett of Wolverhampton and the pair struck gold (pictured getting their medals) in the tennis doubles after a tough match against a Moroccan duo.
The 22-year-old ace then went onto secure silver in the singles. Peebles sprinter Anne Peacock unfortunately had to pull out of her 100m final just before the race started due to a sickness bug, but after getting over the disappointment the plucky 27-year-old joined her team-mates in the relay the next day.
Borders Special Olympics co-ordinator Jed Renilson told TheSouthern: “The girls have done the Borders and their country proud.”
The Great Britain Special Olympics team ended their Athens adventure at the World Summer Games with a flurry of medals and superlative performances that has seen the total medal tally hit 187 (72 gold, 63 silver, 52 bronze). They competed in 17 of the 22 events.
Amid the economic and political chaos in the Greek capital the GB team competed 20 minutes away from the riots. Renilson confirmed that neither of the two girls from the region had been caught up in the chaos in the capital. “I spoke with their parents who were out in Athens at the same time and everything was OK,” he said.
z Read a personal account of the Borders girls’ Olympic experience in next week’s Southern Sport.