Friday, June 22, 2012

Special Olympics 2012

Since September 2011, Amelia, Sunny, and Micah have been training weekly with their gymnastics team.  All those weeks, for this one special weekend.  The Massachusetts Summer Games were last weekend, and the kids had a blast!  Their competition is spread over two days, so as a treat the "triplets" and I stayed at a hotel for one night instead of driving home.

Micah's competition was first.  He takes his gymnastics very seriously, and started stretching as soon as we walked into the indoor track where everything was set up.  I did get him to take his shoes off and move to the mat!

The girls are quite trustworthy, and I was able to leave them on the bleachers while I took photos of  Micah.
(Micah is Lord of the Rings!)
There were three boys in Micah's age group and level.  They all did so well!

They were thrilled to arrive at the hotel.  I love Homewood Suites because they accommodate large families.  It was not our whole family this time, but we went back there anyhow.

I would have more photos of the kids having a blast in the pool, but I was in there with them!!

Sunday morning the girls had their competition.  Unfortunately, Micah is not trustworthy-- he took off twice when I stopped to tie a sneaker for one of the girls!  I was not comfortable leaving him on the bleachers in order to get close-ups of Amelia and Sunny competing.

 There were four girls in Sunny's age and level (1), and she scored 4th in every event.  Honestly, I was disappointed in her-- not because of her scores, but because of her effort.  Instead of beginning her floor routine, Sunny chose to lead her coach on a merry chase around the mat, giggling the whole time.  She is 10, and I expect better from her.  Having Down Syndrome does not give her a free pass when it comes to behavior and expectations.  So many athletes gave it their all, and I hope as she grows older Sunny will realize that she should also be doing her best. After all, the Special Olympics motto is:
"Let me win, and if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."


Amelia was very brave in her attempts!  She was in Level 3, open age, 6 athletes in that level.  She tried her best, and scored 5th in most of the events.  She was so proud of herself!!

The girls are holding their medals as we take the shuttle back to the parking garage.
Look at that yawn!

They have the Summer off, and in September will be right back at their training.  We are very thankful for all the coaches and volunteers that have unlimited patience with the triplets!

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