The great-humored group of Particular Olympics athletes arrived early on the SSE (swimming and diving hall in the Europasportpark), the place the swimming competitions will even happen subsequent 12 months on the Particular Olympics World Video games.
So there was nonetheless sufficient time to get a style of the World Cup and heat up subsequent to the professionals earlier than the relay groups began.
Some nerves the place displaying, however everybody mastered their course nicely and visibly loved the minutes within the highlight. This was additionally helped by the Berlin viewers, which loudly supported all of the swimmers.
Additionally becoming a member of the enjoyable: Sarah and Florian Wellbrock. As quickly as they climbed out of the pool, you may see the sheer pleasure of their participation. Cheers, excessive fives, hugs: Athletes amongst themselves, hugging and joking.
Nonetheless of their swimwear, Sarah and Florian Wellbrock then talked about their first experiences with Particular Olympics and what they’ll be taught from the athletes.
“Sports activities and swimming convey individuals collectively—that is what the expertise with Particular Olympics confirmed as soon as extra.”
Sarah Wellbrock, German skilled swimmer
“I am at all times completely good at letting go in these encounters. Truly, I am quite, as an instance, stuffy, and I attempt to meet the expectations of my counterpart completely. With the Particular Olympics athletes, I can let go of that.
It does not matter in any respect if I am not good. I am accepted simply the best way I’m, it doesn’t matter what quirks and flaws I convey with me. That is completely worthwhile,” Florian Wellbrock describes his expertise.
Sarah Wellbrock provides, “Sports activities and swimming convey individuals collectively—that is what the expertise with Particular Olympics confirmed as soon as extra.”
Unified Relay on the FINA Swimming World Cup
Particular Olympics athletes and Olympics champions race collectively in a Unified relay.
The groups within the order during which they swam:
Matthew Sates • Sarah Wellbrock • Dirk Barteld • Anne Richter
Florian Wellbrock • Hali Flickinger • Claudia Gobels • Kai-Jürgen Ponisch
Thomas Ceccon • Isabel Gose • Dominic Klug • Claudia Wolfsteller
Lukas Märtens • Anastasia Gorbenko • Lukas Dietrich • Doreen Glaubitz
Now it solely stays to say: Thanks to all concerned for this nice night!