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- Video featuring Steven Dodd and Kathryn Smith discussing Unified Kayaking, Teamwork and the Special Olympics

David's SOPD Story

My name is David Aitken my SOPD journey started when I did a bucket run with Alan and Maureen. From there I became a committee member and on the fund raising committee too. I started at the club and did a poll to find out what the athletes wanted the club shirts to be like. I go to the Thursday swimming evening sessions from 6.30 – 8pm at the life centre. Thanks to comic relief we now have a Saturday swimming session 12.15 – 1.15pm at the life centre. I went to Bath for the National Summer Games I swam and got a silver medal we had a great time. I helped with the SOPD web site.

My next phase is to try and get a second club night.

Thank you to American Golf and we have a session at Borringdon golf club some Saturdays at 2pm.

Steven Dodd's SOPD Story

My name is Steven Dodd and I am disabled. 799 days ago I got the chance to represent my local Special Olympic Club in a  Kayaking  event in Nottingham at the National Watersport’s centre,  where I won 3 gold medals and qualified for the Olympic Games in LA . I am representing my country but also my family and my club Plymouth and District. Roughly I’ve always loved kayaking in my life and I am glad SOPD came around and I was give the chance to represent my club in kayaking in the world championships in LA and also to boost my confidence in communication and motivation and social skills and if anyone is reading this and wishes to join SOPD please come along we are a friendly professional bunch. I do charity work and raise funds for the club.