DanceSyndrome Dance Leader David Corr departed for Austria on 14th March to take part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games. David is representing Great Britain in the Alpine Skiing event at the games, which commence with a spectacular opening ceremony on 18th March.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games is one of the biggest events in the movement’s global calendar and is held every four years. David, from Chorley, is 19 now and has been part of the Special Olympics GB family since joining the Rossendale Special Olympics Ski club when he was 13.
Alpine skiing is one of the top Special Olympics sports. It is a demanding sport, and athletes need to be in good physical condition to compete successfully and safely. This hasn’t been a problem for David, who has risen to the challenge!
David says “The Special Olympics has shown me that I can do well. Before I would ski and race but always failed to achieve any success. Now it has shown me that I can do well and it has encouraged me to try even harder. It really has changed my outlook. I have also met people who have become my friends who are like me.
“I would like to challenge myself against other athletes of the highest standard from around the World who have similar capabilities.”
David joined DanceSyndrome in 2015. He attended the Dance by Example training course to enable him to become an inclusive dance leader. He was then asked if he wanted to join the core group of dancers to learn and perform dances. He loves to perform and within a few weeks of joining the group he was on stage at the Lowry Theatre and he performed an amazing trio piece as part of the company’s recent “Orbit” tour.
DanceSyndrome Managing Director Dawn Vickers said “We are so proud of David and his achievements! He is such a happy and enthusiastic person who embraces life to the full and we feel so lucky to have him on our team. We wish him the best of luck in Austria and hope he has the time of his life out there!”
David is a popular member of the DanceSyndrome team and has made lots of friends in the group. Everyone at DanceSyndrome wishes David all the best in Austria and look forward to hearing how he gets on. We are sure he will be coming home with a medal!
You can read more about David in his case study on our website.
EDIT: On 23rd March David won the Gold medal! Well done David! http://www.pendleskiclub.org/pendles-david-corr-wins-gold