News: Hornets Help Team GB Win Gold
Watford was well represented as Team GB’s football team won gold at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. Team GB player Tom Ward is a season ticket holder for the Hornets whilst one of his coaches Liam Dwyer works full-time for Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust on their Positive Minds mental wellbeing project.
The Special Olympics is an international competition for people with intellectual disabilities and this year a team of 129 athletes have represented Great Britain in 17 sports at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates, bringing home over 150 medals. The games were contested by a total of 7,500 athletes from 170 countries, a fact that makes Team GB’s medal haul even more impressive.
Before they set off on their amazing journey to Special Olympic gold, Tom and his teammates Jack Wells and Reece Johnson came to Vicarage Road Stadium for a look behind-the-scenes and a quick interview.
The players all spoke of the ‘amazing’ feeling that came when they were told they were to represent Great Britain and anticipated ‘the best experience that we will have for a long time, maybe even our lifetime’.
Watford FC and Watford FC’s CSE Trust would like to congratulate Liam, Tom, Jack and Reece, as well as their Team GB teammates Sean McCulloch, Ross Sinclair, Steven Johnson, Ste Law Bates, Joe McKenzie, Ryan Anstey, Liam Lister and Derek Taylor.