Double award scoop for Able2 group

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A sports club for people with learning difficulties is celebrating after two of its members won awards.

Swimmer Sarah Shutt, from Featherstone and all-round athlete Oliver Peace from Able2 Pontefract, won the awards for sportswoman and sportsman of the year at the Disability Sport Yorkshire (DSY) awards evening earlier this month.

Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics was set up in 2009 to give people the chance to compete in national sporting competitions.

Miss Shutt, 40, has already won ten gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals and has also competed in the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation European Championships in Portugal.

She broke four world records on her way to three gold medals at the tournament.

Fellow athlete Mr Peace, 22, from Upton, has competed in 12 national competitions in five different sports.

The pair were presented with their awards at the 21st annual DSY awards dinner at Leeds United’s Elland Road.

Roger Greenwood, the awards’ compere, said: “Oliver’s medal tally of 39 gold, 18 silver and five bronze medals reads more like the medal tally of a country at the Olympic games than an individual sportsman.”

Able2 has also been nominated for the group award at this year’s Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards .

The club, which meets at Pontefract Swimming Pool and Featherstone Sports Centre, offers activities including athletics, equestrian skills, new age curling and boccia and each year a team competes in the Special Olympics National Games.

Terry Raddings, Able2’s vice chairman and swimming coach, said: “We don’t do what we do for accolades but it’s nice to be recognised.”