Olympic Recognition For Proud Mark


Mark Roberts, a resident of Southern Housing Group in Ryde, is among those looking forward to being part of Olympic Torch Relay, on Saturday 14 July.

Mark was nominated to carry the torch by his parents, Alan and Mary, who also live on the Island. Olympic recognition is nothing new for Mark, 35, who has a learning disability and is supported by the Group’s Island based Care and Supporting Independence Team.

The former St Catherine’s School and Medina House pupil is thrilled to have been chosen. ‘I’m over the moon and really excited about carrying the torch’ said Mark. ‘I am going to run the 300 metres from Totland and am practising on the athletics track at Sandown!’ (Academy) he enthused.

‘When I was younger, I was selected to swim for England in two Special Olympics and won one gold medal for my front crawl and a silver medal for my backstroke’ he added.

Mark’s parents are justifiably proud of their son. ‘Mark has achieved such a lot in his life but people with a disability sometimes get overlooked’ said Mary. ‘This is real recognition and an honour for Mark and will do wonders for his self-esteem’ she added.

Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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