Do a Google search of Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 and you will literally find millions of stories.
But amongst this multitude probably the most interesting ones are those posted by the athletes themselves.
On her very own wiki website, Team Great Britain swimmer Laura Mitchell talks us through photos and videos on how much winning medals for her Special Olympics Sharks swimming team and playing for her club Charlton Upstars FC has improved her confidence and allowed her to make new friends. She wishes her idol Michael Jackson was still alive, loves her fiancée Adam (a Chelsea support but she can overlook that!), and dreams of one day working in a coffee shop in her local town of Bromley.
Take a look yourself at Laura’s site: http://www.clickstart.org.uk/page/view/cat/4837?redirect_url=
Since April this year, Laura has been training in becoming an online media journalist along with other athletes and Unified partners from Great Britain, the Netherlands and Romania.
The project ‘Special Olympics Wiki World’ is funded by the European Union and hosted two workshops for the athletes in Brussels and Bucharest in the run up to Athens 2011 teaching participants how to take pictures, create their own videos, audio clips, and post on pages.
Rix Centre Trainers where also here in Athens 2011 at the Olympic Festival conducting training sessions for athletes from the Eunice and Sargent Shriver Legacy Celebration Tent.
If athletics are more your interest you can follow the video diary of 20 year old Charlotte Cox from Cambridge, a Team GB 100m, 200m, relay & long jump medallist, on her journey to Athens 2001. The diary is supported by Coke Cola, proud partners of SOGB.
Here Charlotte details her intensive training schedule and turns the camera on her coach and sporting heroes. Watch her diary on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyKVsh8zgeA&feature=player_embedded
Team GB Basketball medallist, Lee Penfold, is no stranger to the online world and has been a regular blogger for many years.
Recently he blogged about his feelings when receiving his Athens 2011 Team Great Britain uniform in the mail:
“You’ll be pleased to know everything fits and looks great. I feel 10 feet tall wearing the uniform, and for a split second imagine how proud I will feel when I line up for the opening ceremony in June. It’s now official, it feels real, I am now a fully-fledged member of the 2011 Special Olympics Team GB squad, ready to take on the world, and it feels so good!”
Looking forward to seeing more athletes online, building and showcasing their skills, and using new media tools to become advocates of themselves and the transformational power of being part of the Special Olympics movement.