Name and Position

Scott Witherick Regional development officer volunteers and clubs

Where do you live?

I was born in Bath and I travelled quite a bit when I was younger. I spent 7 years in Germany and still can’t speak any German. Now I live with my wife Naomi in Belfast.

What did you do before joining Special Olympics?

Before joining Special Olympics I started off my career in the National Citizens Service as a Development Officer for about three years. As I’m quite adventurous I decided I wanted to travel to Canada for a year and try out some winter sports. When I came home I knew I wanted to put my love of sport and experience as a development officer to good use so here I am.

What is your perfect pizza?

Every kind of meat on offer with extra cheese.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had a whole career plan in mind as a young boy, I was going to get a job as a children’s entertainer at Butlins in their infamous Red Coats. Following this I would pursue a career in acting, make my millions and be up there with the likes of John Travolta and Mcaulay Culkin.

Club Of The Month

Shimna Stars Special Olympics Club – Newcastle Co.Down

Sport: Basketball

Volunteer Of The Month

Laurence McAlinden

Tell us a little about yourself.

Married with 4 grownup children and 5 grandchildren

Interests:  Family, Photography, Rallying and Shimna Stars of course

Favourite Actor: Clint Eastwood

Favourite Musician: The Boss 

What club do you volunteer with and what do you enjoy most?

Basketball Coach with Shimna Stars SOC

The thing I enjoy most is watching the athletes develop and enjoy the training, sport and inter-club activity.

What is something very few people know about you?

My nickname is “Big Yash” after the famous Russian Goal Keeper Lev Yashin (from my previous sporting exploits)

What motivated you to get involved with Special Olympics?

I attended the World Games held in Dublin 2003 and was part of the Open Arts Group who performed at the opening ceremony. In subsequent years I volunteered at Special Olympic events and eventually ending up coaching with Shimna Stars SOC

What has been your standout moment?

Being involved with the club athletes at competition and seeing the joy participation brings.

Do you think pineapple belongs on pizza?

 No.......... don’t eat pizza

Athlete of the Month
Glenn McBride

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 26 years old, I have completed different courses at college. I also work at a local petrol station and have two sisters and one brother.

Interests: I love basketball and football. I also enjoy playing my xbox. I like to watch UFC and movies.

Favourite actor: Hugh Jackman

Favourite musician: Jay – Z

What is something very few people know about you?

I have a brain tumour

How did you become involved in Shimna stars?

My social worker took me ten years ago when they talked about starting it up and I’ve been going ever since.

What is the thing you enjoy most about being involved in Special Olympics?

I love taking part and getting picked to represent Ulster.

What has been your standout moment?

Definitely playing in the all Ireland games and winning gold in the individual skills in basketball.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?


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