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Mark Coleman

Mark's Golden Games

MARK Coleman is celebrating a unique sporting double.

The 26-year-old East Boro tenant scooped two medals for the Southern Region at the Special Olympics GB National Games in Bath.

Mark collected gold in the Softball throwing event and silver in the 400m. He also picked up achievement ribbons in the standing long jump and 4x100m relay.

The Bournemouth Athletics Club star, who lives at Pergins in Poole, was delighted with his success.

He said: “I love my sport and it was a real honour to be selected to represent the Southern Region at the Games.

“More than 1,700 people took part in the event and so I was really pleased to win two medals competing against the very best athletes in the country.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to my family and my coaches at Bournemouth and to everyone else who has supported me.”

Proud mum Jill Coleman said Mark’s success is down to‘hard work and determination’.

“We are all very proud of Mark’s achievements”, she added. “He has trained really hard over the years and all that work has paid off.

“He also raised funds for the trip to Bath by bagging shopping in a supermarket and so it really has been a big effort on his part.

“Mark has always enjoyed his sport and it’s something that he and others can do regardless of their disabilities.

“He is now busy training for some more big events and so hopefully he’ll be adding to his medal collection soon.”

The Special Olympics GB National Games brings together competitors from across the UK in the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The event is held every four years and pits hopefuls against each other in 12 sports over the five-day competition.