Jamie-Lee Jordan had never played basketball before the Special Olympics South Yorkshire sports taster day last March. A year on and he is preparing to compete in the sport at this summer’s National Games in Sheffield.
With the second annual taster day just a few weeks away, Jamie-Lee (centre) is encouraging others to turn up and try something new.
After attending the launch taster day in April last year at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield, the 20-year-old from Rotherham went on to win two bronze medals at the Special Olympics GB 2016 National Basketball Competition as part of a combined Rotherham Hawks and Humberside team.
He was also awarded a Certificate of Special Recognition, presented “to an athlete having been recognised by their peers and the competition management staff as having inspired, impressed and truly embodied the Special Olympics Values during the competition”.
He originally took part in an Active Ability project in athletics, which he started before he turned 16. His coach, Peter Moore, persuaded him to branch out and try new sports at last year’s taster day and Jamie-Lee has never looked back since. He now competes in basketball for the Rotherham Hawks and football for the Doncaster Titans.
Jamie-Lee will be competing in the national games this summer and with a second taster day on the horizon, he has credited last year’s event for providing him with the opportunity to start the sport he now enjoys the most. He said: “I enjoyed the day and it gave me the chance to try different sports, especially basketball.”
The second taster day will take place on Sunday 26th March at the English Institute of Sport, running from 10am – 4pm. The day is free to attend and is organised by the Special Olympics South Yorkshire Partnership – a group of local sports clubs and organisations working together to increase participation opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities across the county.
For more information and to book a place for yourself or someone you know, go online or call 0330 2020 280.