In January this year, we posted a blog about Inspire Catering’s Caitlin Dodds being selected to represent the GB Golf Team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Sporting news the Inspire Team are very proud of!
During the summer, Caitlin has been extremely busy perfecting her swing with many hours spent on the practise ground and course. Caitlin’s first test and appointment was with Padraig Harrington, the three times Major winner and Special Olympics Global Ambassador.
Padraig hosted a clinic for 6 of Special Olympics Lothian’s Scottish golfers at Gullane during the lead up to The Scottish Open. Each player got to spend one to one time with Padraig, where he gave them tips about their grip, swing etc. Padraig was very impressed with Caitlin and didn’t have to change any of her technique.
Caitlin also recently took part in the Special Olympics 40th Anniversary Games 2018, which were held from the 9th to the 13th August in Stirling – clinching a Silver medal.
With Special Olympics World Games Team golfers coming in 1st and 2nd there’s no doubt Caitlin deserves her place on the team. We’ll bring you more updates as training opportunities unfold in the run up to next March.
About the Special Olympics GB
Special Olympics GB is the largest provider of a year-round, all ability, sports programme in Great Britain and supports over 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities on a continued basis.
Across, England, Scotland and Wales, approximately 27,000 regular sports coaching sessions of at least one hour each, are delivered locally each year by 140 accredited programmes across 28 different sports.
This coaching activity leads to an annual average of 100 all ability, inclusive sports competitions. Its competition pathways make Special Olympics Great Britain unique within the disability sports sector as it provides for athletes of all abilities, opportunities to compete and progress at local, regional, national and international levels.