Brechin athlete gets world games call

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A gold-medal winning Brechin athlete has been selected to represent Great Britain at the special Olympic Mini World Games in America.

Emma Stewart, who lives in River Street, is one of four Tayside athletes who has been picked to represent the country at the Invitational Games taking place in Los Angeles in June.

Emma has represented Tayside at various games in the past, including the British Special Olympics in Leicester in 2009 and at games in Poland and Rome. More recently she competed in a Special Olympics Games in Bath last year where she gained a silver and a bronze medal and two ribbons to add to her already extensive collection of medals. Emma already has a collection of gold, silver and bronze medals to her name which she has achieved while representing the Tayside Special Olympics team.

Emma will be joined on the trip by fellow Brechiner Mark Bothwell, Andrew Sinclair from Edzell and Stephanie Carnegie from Forfar. Also travelling with the athletes are head coach Liz Martin from Arbroath 
and head of delegation Laura Smith.

The 2014 Invitational Games will play host to 1,500 athletes and 300 coaches from all over Southern California including more than 200 athletes from 15 countries around the world. Countries taking part are American Samoa, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, Egypt, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Macau, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.

Teams will be housed together on University of Southern California’s campus, with the athletes competing in sports such as aquatics, bocce, athletics, basketball, golf and gymnastics.

Emma and the rest of the team leave for America on June 4 and organisers are currently looking for sponsors for the athletes to help pay for costs.