Andrew Dempsey at the Curragh Aquatics event

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11/01/2012 09:43 RssIcon

Introduction by Paul Dempsey, Andrews Dad
Andrew has written 100 words of what the swimming Gala means to him.  

    Andrew is 12 and has autism. He has a number of sensory issues, displays typical autistic traits in dealing with people and up until recently we did not believe that Andrew would ever read or write. For someone like Andrew  Special Olympics is the only club where he can participate as an equal and it is a very important part of his social life as he considers the other athletes his best friends. As parents we have seen Andrew develop from a non-swimmer and afraid of water to a competent swimmer who takes great pride in his achievements.

Below is Andrew's story. He mentions a boy who was sick - the background to this was that one boy in one of his races (50 metre freestyle) was so nervous he vomited in the changing room. The other athletes reassured him it was all OK and Andrew stayed by his side, sat with him in the waiting area on the poolside talking to him. I do not know the boys name but he won the race.

'100 Words', by Andrew Dempsey
I was asked to write and I will do it.

When I won my medals I felt wonderful.

You see we had a gala recently and

I wouldn't have the opportunity to do

anything like a gala. I am in the SO (Special Olympics)

because I am autistic. My best

friend in SO is called Katey. The SO is just

great. I can be with my friends and when

we go to a gala we get over some

fears you can by nerves. One boy was

nervous and he was sick but he won

second place. When we do a gala

we also get very excited about it.

We won medals, some of us got ribbons.

I won three medals, 1st, 3rd, 1st

 

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Re: Andrew Dempsey at the Curragh Aquatics event

Andrews story is inspiring to us all. I really enjouyed readung your 100;well written and very discriptive.
Congtatulations Andrew on your success and winning all those medals!

By Susanne D on  12/01/2012 09:08

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Well done Andrew!! Great achievements! Good luck in future hope you will win many more medals! Say hello to Katey :)

By Wojtek on  12/01/2012 09:54

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Andrew,

Great news on your medals and I'm glad you enjoy the gala's so much. Next time we see you you'll have to show them to us.

Paul, Sandra, Tim, Aoife & Dervla

By Paul Young on  12/01/2012 10:21

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Well done Andrew!! I admire you. I don't compete in sports anymore, but when I was younger I did and I can clearly remember the nerves I would feel before any competition. Overcoming these nerves is a great achievement in itself, and to win medals is just fantastic!!!! Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing more stories like this one from you and your friends! Best wishes, Sarah.

By Sarah Marr on  12/01/2012 22:10

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Well done Andrew you are an inspiration to us all, keep up the training and enjoy the friendships you have made.

By Joe Kenny on  12/01/2012 22:17

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Andrew is just the best boy! He is in my class and tells us all about his swimming. He really enjoys going to the SO swimming club every week. We are very proud of him in school. We are very sad that this is Andrew's last year with us.

By Mrs Paraskeva on  13/01/2012 10:32

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Well done Andrew. Really glad you are enjoying your time with the Special Olympics and have made so many friends. It's great to be a part of something so wonderful and I'm sure everyone is very proud of you. I hope you are proud of yourself for being such a good friend and team mate - and of course for winning so many medals!

By Jackie Carroll on  13/01/2012 12:34

Re: Andrew Dempsey at the Curragh Aquatics event

Andrew, I loved reading your 100 words. I am already looking forward to reading the next piece you decide to write. Maybe you can write on SOCGA facebook page.
Liz ( Joe,s Mum )

By Liz Moffatt on  13/01/2012 18:53

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Well done Andrew - I can see you representing Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games some day. That would be great for you and for Ireland. The writing is good too - perhaps there is a book in you. Keep up the good work.

By Ray McManus on  13/01/2012 19:33

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Well done Andrew - you should be so proud of yourself, see you and all the gang soon, you'll have to bring your medals round for tea :-)

Rach, Steve and Robin xxx

By Rachel Wood on  14/01/2012 22:53

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A big thank you to everyone who has left a comment. Andrew is thrilled with all your lovely comments and encouragement.

By Andrew's Dad on  15/01/2012 20:46

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I was one of the volunteers at the Curragh on the 2 weekends of the Aquatics. We were blessed to have such fantastic volunteers and reading Andrew's story makes all of the volunteers hard work so worthwhile and rewarding. Well done Andrew and well done to all of the Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers and Family Members that contributed to a fantastic 3 weekends of Aquatics (we were in Navan too).

By Brian Osborne on  23/01/2012 16:05

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Congratulations Andrew. We are all very proud of you in Special Olympics Club Gorey Area

By Nora Gahan on  24/01/2012 17:57

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Hi Andrew,
We read your story in school.
Congratulations :-)
We have speech problems but we are trying to improve like you too.
You are a great swimmer, well done! L won a badge for swimming and I hope to win a medal like you some day.
Best wishes for the future.

By Kevin ,Orna ,Aimee, Naglis ,Jeff ,Michael ,Ruslan on  01/05/2012 10:43

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Hi Andrew,

It was our son Adam who you helped in the dressing room last year. We never knew the whole story until we read your 100 words last night.
Thankyou so much for being so kind to him. You are a true champion and a great swimmer.
We are so happy that you got the gold medal this year and we hope to meet you again in the Nationals in Limerick. Keep up your wonderful writing!
We are going to tell everyone we know just how great Andrew Dempsey is and we will be shouting for you at the next aquatic event.
Thank you again from your new friend Adam and his family.

By Sharon & Dino Duzel on  27/04/2013 15:39

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