Special Olympics medal success for Peterhead siblings

Siblings Zoe and John Kane with their medals
Siblings Zoe and John Kane with their medals

Two Peterhead siblings are celebrating after each winning medals at the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games.

Zoe and John Kane travelled to Belgium at the beginning of September to compete in the games.

The siblings have additional support needs and both took part in Judo, which saw Zoe win bronze and John received silver.

Speaking to the Buchanie after they returned home, Zoe said: “They were very hard fights but I am very happy that I got a medal.”

Her brother John said: “I think I could have done better but I am chuffed with my medal.”

Their mum, Denne Thompson added: “I am delighted and glad they both got home safely.”

Zoe and John thoroughly enjoyed the Special Olympics and made lots of new friends along the way.

The pair were selected to meet Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Downing Street and they also visited the British Embassy on the first leg of their journey before meeting the rest of their Great Britain team mates.

The team travelled to Antwerp on Tuesday, September 9, for a few days of exploring and training before the Special Olympic’s opening ceremony on Friday, September 12.

Zoe and John’s next competition will be at the British Championships that will be held at the end of November.

Zoe is supported by local learning disability charity Inspire, who empower the life choices of children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and additional support needs in the North East of Scotland.

John has been a full-time team leader at Zanres Peterhead for the last ten years.

Mum Denne said: “We would like to thank everyone at Zanres for kindly giving John time off to compete in the Special Olympics and for all of their support.”

For more information about the Grampian Special Olympics, visit www.specialolympicsgrampian.btck.co.uk.