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Special Olympians celebrate a year of achievement

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Athletes with learning disabilities from around Gateshead came together last night for the Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne and Wear charity's 6th annual awards night.

The event, at Teams Social Club, was organised to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the sporting club's 200 athletes in 2019. 

England and Newcastle United legendary goal scorer Alan Shearer was a special guest at the event and presented the main awards to the athletes. 

Those awards included the Special Olympics Sportsman of the Year Award which was presented to Phil Moat for his role this year in leading the club's football team to achieve the double - both the league and cup in the Newcastle Disability and Inclusion League.

The winner of the Special Olympics Sportswoman of the Year award went to Sandra Armstrong, who became a double World Champion and double gold medallist representing Great Britain in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E in March this year. 

Newcastle United Academy Director Joe Joyce and a number of NUFC Academy players also attended the awards night and presented all of the athletes with a participation medal to celebrate each athlete's sporting endeavours in the year and to celebrate the mentoring partnership between the sporting club's footballers and the Newcastle United Academy.   

Organisers declared the night a huge success which once again proved to all people with disabilities in Gateshead and across Tyne and Wear that there is an Olympian in every one of us. 

award winners
18 December 2019

Athletes with learning disabilities from around Gateshead came together last night for the Special Olympics Gateshead Tyne and Wear charity's 6th annual awards night.

The event, at Teams Social Club, was organised to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the sporting club's 200 athletes in 2019. 

England and Newcastle United legendary goal scorer Alan Shearer was a special guest at the event and presented the main awards to the athletes. 

Those awards included the Special Olympics Sportsman of the Year Award which was presented to Phil Moat for his role this year in leading the club's football team to achieve the double - both the league and cup in the Newcastle Disability and Inclusion League.

The winner of the Special Olympics Sportswoman of the Year award went to Sandra Armstrong, who became a double World Champion and double gold medallist representing Great Britain in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E in March this year. 

Newcastle United Academy Director Joe Joyce and a number of NUFC Academy players also attended the awards night and presented all of the athletes with a participation medal to celebrate each athlete's sporting endeavours in the year and to celebrate the mentoring partnership between the sporting club's footballers and the Newcastle United Academy.   

Organisers declared the night a huge success which once again proved to all people with disabilities in Gateshead and across Tyne and Wear that there is an Olympian in every one of us. 

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