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Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown raises money to support team

PUBLISHED: 15:11 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 03 July 2017

Funracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown (pictured centre in light blue shirt). Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Funracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown (pictured centre in light blue shirt). Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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An athlete has raised over £1,000 to support his team as they compete at the national Special Olympics.

Funracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLYFunracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Ricky Brown is one of the 28 athletes representing Eastern region in the Special Olympics National Summer Games next month.

Mr Brown and his friends who took part in a sponsored 5km shuttle relay race on Gorleston Cliffs last Friday.

Teams made up of college students and staff, Special Olympics athletes and volunteers took part in Ricky’s ‘FunRacing’ Relay.

Mr Brown, 22, of Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, held the relay on his last day at East Coast College.

Funracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLYFunracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

His mum, Denise, said: “I’m super proud of Ricky and his friends. Some of the runners pushed themselves today to run a greater distance than they have ever run before in their whole lives, all to support Ricky and SON. A huge thank you to everyone who took park and to all those who have supported us through generous sponsorship and by turning up.”

Mr Brown will take part in the 100 metres sprint, long jump and mini javelin.

Kay Bailey from Special Olympics Norfolk said: “We are so delighted for Ricky that so much money has been raised by his fundraising efforts today. His positive attitude and beaming smile has been an inspiration to so many people on the SON athletics team we wish them all the best of luck at the National Games.

“Ricky is such a success story for SON. He has been training with us for three years during which time he has gained so much confidence, he has taken part in regional events and won medals in Boston and Ipswich and most recently in Norwich.”

Funracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLYFunracing relay at Gorleston with Special Olympics athlete Ricky Brown, pictured. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The event was won by a team from East Coast College who crossed the finish line after 28 minutes. The team comprised Chris Alexander, Hayden Wright, Adam Harrick, Samuel Lowe and Joshua Collett.

The tournament in Sheffield is for athletes with intellectual disabilities and is held every four years.

Norfolk’s 28 athletes will be part of an Eastern region team competing in track and field events, football, swimming, gymnastics and boccia. For more about the Ricky’s relay and the National Games, visit www.specialolympicsnorfolk.com

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