Special Olympics Great Britain (GB) provides an all ability sports programme for people with Intellectual Disabilities.
In March 2019 Special Olympics celebrated its 50th anniversary at the World Games in Abu Dhabi. The film Thomas follows one Special Olympic GB athlete’s journey to the World Games. Shot over an extended period, it shows both the hurdles of attending the World Games and the daily challenges faced by Special Olympics athletes and the people that support them.
Thomas Miller and his mum Sue are the focus of this film. Thomas’ restricted ability to express emotion is in contrast to Sue’s candid account of his passion for horses and horse-riding. The film moves from the daily challenges facing a Special Olympic athlete – transport, meaningful paid employment – to the hurdles that have to be overcome to travel to Abu Dhabi. The family and community-level efforts to fundraise for Thomas and his family to attend the World Games show how difficult it is for Special Olympics athletes to train and compete. Thomas’ journey to, and success at, the World Games shows how critical sport can be for people with intellectual disabilities.
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