Gillian is going to the State Special Olympics!
Gillian joined a Special Olympics swim team back in February. She loves it- she has always been a fish, and taught herself how to swim in the deep end by the time she was 5. She has no water fears, which is the complete opposite of her father, who can't even float OR swim.
They have their area meet next week, and the state compitition is at the end of May. The coaches have been watching and timing the kids, and announced the team going to state at today's practice.
I think (I was not paying super close attention) there were 8 kids selected (4 girls, 4 boys) from her team of 26, as well as 4 alternates.
I knew Gillian would be invited already, though- her coach emailed me on Sunday to ask if I was available to accompany the team to the state summer games as a chaperone, and that they were inviting Gillian to join (though, I was not 100% that it meant to compete).
I think this will be a wonderful experience for Gillian and myself as well. She has loved being on the team and loves the laid back atmosphere- the coaches work on teaching the kids, but don't push them too hard, or stress them out.
i a, so proud of Gillian, and so thankful I found this team. I had considered letting her join the local team for 5-8th graders, but was not sure if the atmosphere would work for her, or if she would even like the more competitive nature. When I was looking it up is when I found this team. It's perfect for her.
If you have not looked into Special Olympics in your area, you may want to. They are great with the kids (our area is ages 10-18, not sure if different teams are different ages, or if that is the national requirements), and work with how comfortable the kiss are. Gillian LOVES being with other kids who don't judge her for her quirkiness or issue spots.