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St Albans man, Paul Rowland, scoops three gold medals at Special Olympics GB National Games 2013
A St Albans man has picked up three gold medals at the Special Olympics GB National Games 2013 that took place recently in Bath.
Paul Rowland swam for the Eastern region team and was awarded gold medals in the 50m and 25m backstroke as well as the 4 x 25m freestyle relay events.
The 28-year-old has been an enthusiastic participant in regular Special Olympics St Albans activities for the past 18 years and this continues to be a very important part of his life.
He was among 39 athletes from the city’s Special Olympics who competed in athletics, swimming and boccia and between them won a total of 27 gold, 30 silver and 16 bronze medals in the national games at Bath.
Mr Rowland is a service user of the St Albans Community Learning Disability Team and worked under Borehamwood Day Service at The BECC café before coming to volunteer two days a week at the Pit Stop café, in Apsley, in August 2012.
Paul’s father, Chris, who has close links with Special Olympics St Albans, said: "Paul has benefited greatly from his involvement with Special Olympics over the years.
"It has given him challenges and goals to aim for, provides a structure to his week - in addition to swimming he does basketball and athletics and improves his fitness, coordination and social skills."
Chris went on to praise staff and volunteers at Special Olympics St Albans, which is part-funded by Hertfordshire County Council, for their dedication and hard work for providing so many opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
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