Dumfries and Galloway College (DGC) is gearing up to cheer on a student judo star at this summer’s Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.
Sean Allan, from Castle Douglas, has been selected to be part of the Team Special Olympics World Games delegation who will travel to Germany this June for the event alongside more than 7,000 other athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the world.
The 20-year-old is currently studying for his Lifeskills (NQ) @ SCQF Level 2 at the college’s Dumfries campus — a course designed to build students’ confidence, enhance life skills, prepare them for independent living, employment skills and increase personal and social development.
Sean trains regularly at Castle Douglas Judo Club under the tutelage of Luke Struthers, who also runs the Dumfries Judo Academy and works as West Scotland Regional Development Officer for JudoScotland.
“Sean has been on an incredible journey since he first came to the judo club as an eight-year-old in 2011,” said Luke, who will be with Sean at the event in Berlin.
“He was initially quite shy and struggled to adjust to the different environment, but his confidence levels have soared and he’s a very popular athlete within the club.”
Luke, who has been running Castle Douglas Judo Club as a volunteer since 2001, added: “Being able to compete at a Special Olympics World Games is a fantastic opportunity for Sean.”
Colin Dyer, Chief Executive of Special Olympics GB, said: “We’re delighted to confirm Judo as our 17th and final sport for Berlin 2023, and to give Sean the opportunity to be part of Team Special Olympics GB and compete against other athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.”
Dumfries and Galloway College Principal Joanna Campbell said: “All of our staff and students are thrilled to hear Sean has been asked to compete in this summer’s Special Olympics World Games.
“His selection for the squad is thoroughly deserved and everyone at the college will be supporting him with immense pride.”