Special Olympian Harry Lovett prepares for international judo competition in Switzerland

Posted: 17/06/2016 | Education,

Special Olympian, Harry Lovett, will travel to Switzerland on Saturday to represent his Judo club in an international competition.

The Royal Blind School student will compete in the Swiss G-Judo tournament in Uster on Saturday, along with five of his fellow members of the Jidel Judo Club in Livingston. Harry holds the Paralympic Torch

The contest will be good practice for the determined 17-year-old who will take part in the British Championships at Stoke Mandeville at the end of August. He is also preparing for the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield next summer.

His mum, Fiona, said she was ‘incredibly proud’ of her son.

She said: “Harry is extremely determined. It’s a miracle that he can even walk or talk, let alone achieve what he has in both judo and swimming.

“Sport is his passion, he loves it. I try to encourage him to take part in competitions like this because it’s very good for his confidence.”

Harry is visually impaired, autistic, dyslexic and has impaired hearing. He suffered a stroke in the womb at 24 weeks.

When he was a baby, his parents were told he would never walk, talk or sit upright. 

But today Harry is a passionate sportsman, an active Scout, he was chosen to carry the Queen’s Baton in a relay in 2014 and now he is Renfrewshire Sports Personality of the Year.

Fiona added: “Harry has achieved more in his life than most, despite the challenges he faces. He was absolutely delighted to win Renfrewshire Sports Personality of the Year against very tough competition. It is testament to his dedication that he had multiple nominations from Coaches, family, MP's and even one of his Consultant Paediatricians.

“Harry may never be the absolute best at either of his sports but he is dedicated and determined and that is paying him dividends.”

Special Olympics Great Britain provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with learning disabilities.

The competition gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

To find out more visit http://www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk/.