The 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi
Daniel's cycling events will take place on the Yas Marina
Circuit - the same track the Abu Dhabi Formula One racing
takes place - between the 15th and 19th March.
It will be an extra special occasion for Daniel, as he was born
in the UAE, in Sharjah. You could say that he will be going back
to his roots.
The Special Olympics World Games are held every four
years. They're the world's largest sports organisation for
children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
For the Abu Dhabi games, 24 sports will take place across 9
venues in the city. There will be a grand opening and closing
event, and registration to see the sports will be free - the
city is building support for the games well and it is predicted
there will be a lot of support for those taking part.
Sadly, unlike the Olympics and the Paralympics, the Special
Olympics participants are not funded by the government or
through sporting grants. Meaning those taking part have to fund
themselves, paying for training, equipment, travel and every
element of entering.
Daniel is still with us in our kitchen, graduating from a
trainee to a commis chef and as before we are supporting Daniel
with his efforts to reach Abu Dhabi.
After a big push in fundraising in 2018, Daniel is putting the
final touches to his plans to tackle the 2019 event and strive
to bring back another medal.
We wish him every bit of luck and we know that no matter what,
he's already a winner.