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Padraig Harrington honoured at Scottish Open
July 16, 2012

Special Olympics GB athlete, David Mitchell, 30, of Smithton, Inverness, was honoured to present three-time Major Champion, Padraig Harrington, with a special accolade. 

This past week at the Scottish Open, David presented Padraig with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Commemorative Special Olympics Silver Coin on behalf of the global Special Olympics family, in recognition of his dedication and tireless commitment to Special Olympics athletes and their families.

Since becoming a Special Olympics Global Ambassador in May 2010, Padraig has generously donated his time and expertise to the Special Olympics Movement across the world by conducting golf clinics for athletes and coaches, most recently at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Padraig also proudly 'Wears the Laces' for Special Olympics on the golfing circuit. The red shoe laces have recently captured the attention of golf commentators and fans, helping to raise awareness for Special Olympics and promote a message of respect, inclusion and acceptance for all people with intellectual disabilities. Padraig will again 'Wear the Laces' this week during the Scottish Open.

30-year old David is passionate about golf and Padraig Harrington is one of his all-time golfing heroes. David won Gold in his division at the 2005 Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games in Glasgow.

In 2010 he took home a Silver medal after competing in Denmark at the Special Olympics Idraets Festival involving 600 athletes. He has also played alongside Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel at a golfing charity event.

David has represented Scotland in the Triple Crown Tournament involving England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  When he's not on the golf course David works at 'Williamson's Foodservice' in Inverness where his brother Andrew is a Supervisor.

Special Olympics GB CEO Karen Wallin said "We are thrilled that David was given the honour as one of our golfers to present Padraig with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Commemorative Coin."

Harrington commented: "The work that I do for the athletes of Special Olympics is something I am proud of and I will continue to try to help and inspire them to be the best athletes they can be. I am just happy to be able to play a part in the organisation which changes lives every day for people with intellectual disabilities and I am very pleased to have received the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Commemorative Coin today. She made a significant difference to the lives of millions of people across the world."

Special Olympics GB (SOGB) is the largest organisation providing year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities) across the country. The programme aims to transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families through the power of sport. 

The year-round sports coaching and events provided by Special Olympics in Great Britain is clinically proven to positively change the quality of lives for the near 1.2 million people in Great Britain (2% of the population) with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics GB has the ability to change the lives and mental wellness of the thousands of people who take part and many more that witness the events on a weekly basis.

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