Sean Camilleri of Year 9.1 will be participating in this year’s Special Olympics Invitational Games, taking place in Malta between the 14th and 18th of May. He will be participating in the 50m run and ball throw.
Sean joined Young Athletes with Special Olympics at the age of 5. Later on, he started training with the Athletics group.
The idea behind Special Olympics began in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with special needs didn’t have a place to play and she took action.
Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities, and not dwell on what they could not do.
Between May 13 and 18, almost 1,000 athletes from 25 different countries will be travelling to Malta to take part in the first ever Special Olympics Invitational Games.