I’m Eric McVay from Bangor and recently I was able to attend the Special Olympics USA Games in Florida. I am a self-advocate and part of the Central Maine Chapter of Speaking Up For Us.
I want to share with you my experience of training and going to the Special Olympics USA Games.
I was able to train at Lawrence High School. I did a lot of walking for my events as part of my training. I was also able to practice throwing mini-Javelin. From August 2021 through March 2022, we worked together once month, and then April and May of 2022 we worked together twice a month.
I won a silver medal in the 400-meter walk, a silver medal in mini-Javelin, and a bronze medal in the 100 meter walk.
This was my first time in Florida, and it was hot. We had to drink a lot of water to keep hydrated.
We were able to have fun while we were there. We were able to go the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom. I enjoyed the sightseeing aspect of the trip. I was able to use my self-advocacy skills with Special Olympics for traveling to and from the Jetport in Portland Maine.