Taynuilt’s Rosa wins gold at Special Olympics World Games

Rosa Huntington poses with her gold medal. NO_T12_Rosa01

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A 27-year-old woman from Taynuilt has accomplished her goal of winning a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

Rosa Huntington, from Bonawe Home Farm, won the Mini Javelin competition after throwing 13.62 metres.

Her mum Ann said: ‘I was just delighted and hugely proud. It is a huge event. There are 7,500 competitors.’

Rosa joined the Special Olympics in 2017 and speaking at the time, she said: ‘Being in the Special Olympics is absolutely fantastic. My dream has come true. I feel a much higher level of fulfilment. My ambition is winning gold.

‘I got into sport because one of the people running a special needs gym club that I used to attend, but which has now stopped has a particular interest in developing all ability athletics and encouraged me to join.’