Student to represent Great Britain in Special Olympics World Games

Jun 15, 2023

Level 1 Childcare and Early Years student, Brooke Lammas, is gearing up to represent Great Britain in Field Hockey at the Special Olympics World Games 2023, in Berlin.

Brooke was selected for the England Hockey squad following a successful trial day at its national training centre in Berkshire.

Taking place from Saturday 17 June until Sunday 25 June, the Special Olympics World Games are the world’s largest inclusive sports event and will see athletes with intellectual disabilities compete together in 26 sports.

Field Hockey is a new sport to the Special Olympics GB programme, with 13 teams set to compete at the games, including The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina and Egypt.

Brooke said: “I started playing hockey when I was 12 years old and have loved it ever since. It’s a very inclusive sport and the team I play with are always very encouraging of each other. I’m super proud of myself for being chosen to represent Great Britain at the Special World Olympic Games and I can’t wait to get to Berlin. This is only my first time attending the Olympics and I hope that one day, I’ll become a famous Olympian.”

Brooke currently plays hockey for Wakefield Hockey Club and it was her team which encouraged her to take part in the trials for the Special Olympics World Games.

The opening ceremony will be staged at the iconic Olympiastadion Berlin on June 17 with 7,000 athletes set to participate.

Charlotte Cooper, Care and Early Years and Health and Social Care Lecturer at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, said: “Hearing the fantastic news that Brooke has been chosen to take part in the games was a very proud moment for our department and Brooke’s fellow students. This is an amazing opportunity for her to showcase her ability and passion for hockey and she will be a role model for many others who also live with intellectual disabilities.

“As a student, she is extremely enthusiastic and is always conscientious of her work. In addition to becoming an Olympic superstar, she also dreams of one day becoming a nurse – and I’m sure she will be amazing at both!” added Charlotte.

Brooke is currently studying Level 1 Childcare and Early Years at Castleford College, which is providing her with the knowledge and skills needed to support the care and education of babies and young children in a day nursery or school. Find out more about the Level 1 Childcare and Early Years programme, here. Learn more about the Special Olympics World Games 2023, here.

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