It’s not every day you get to take part in the Special Olympics – the UK’s largest disability multi-sport event. For Graham, it took him a lot of hard work and years of experience to get there, eventually landing him in the respectable position of 5th place.

 

“He was chuffed to bits once he hit the papers,” says Helen, Job Coach at the Cheriton Community Network, the Kent service which supports Graham. “Everyone was like, ‘Wow, well done Graham!’ He played it down until that point, then he soaked up the atmosphere.”

 

20 years of experience

Graham, who has a learning disability, expressed how he felt about being in the Special Olympics. “I feel very honoured to have played and I still socialise with the friends I have made there.” He also have us an insight into how he prepared for the big event. “I train once a week on a Wednesday evening. I’ve been playing for over 20 years, from 1996 to the present day!”

 

A future in basketball

When asked what he would like to do in the future, Graham was sure he would like to keep moving forward with his career in basketball. “I would like to continue to play, but I would like to coach too.” With help from his fellow teammates and his 20 years of experience, we’re sure there’s a place for Graham in the world of basketball.

 

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