“This is the first time in my whole life that I got a gold medal in the World Games. I was very calm and controlled my emotions. When I left home, my mom said to focus hard on my trainings and make Egypt proud of you. Sometimes when I’m on my horse I pretend like my mom is right beside me and not all the way back in Cairo. I want to thank her so much. She does everything for me. My dad is in heaven and I want him to know that I miss him and that I love him so much. All the time I hear him saying ‘do a good job’ and ‘take care of yourself.’ I want to thank God for helping me win a gold medal. I want to thank my brother Islam for calling me yesterday and saying: ‘I hope you win the gold medal.’ That helped so much. I also want to thank my Coach Dahlia because she is a person that I love. She is almost like my little sister. Right now I feel like life is so beautiful. I feel a smile all over my face. I love everyone. And I am feeling very much like everyone loves me because I’m beautiful.” (Special Olympics World Games, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
“I love to travel and to horse ride. It is very relaxing” - Joseph Bradley, World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 medalist.
The first athlete from Alabama, USA, to compete in the Special Olympics World Games for more than 30 years, Joseph competed in Equestrian Working Trials and Dressage, winning GOLD and BRONZE respectively.
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“Papa left El Salvador eight years ago to come work in Dubai. It’s very difficult without him but I understand the reasons why he is gone. He said he was very sorry but he needed to find a way for us to live. He is an excellent worker. I was so very sad in the beginning. I missed his hugs so much and also the times he would sing to me. I was crying almost every day. But he calls me so much, and sometimes he sings to me on the phone, and every year he gets to come home for one whole month. I was so excited when I found out that the Special Olympics are in the same country where my Dad works. I feel so lucky. He is with me all the time this week. He gets to watch me do my gymnastics. He gets to watch me do my jumps and hang on the bars. He was so happy and clapping so much. I am hugging him all the time. And telling him how much I love him. And he is always telling me that he is so proud of me.” (Special Olympics World Games, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
شاهد الفيديو الخاصّ بالفنان وائل شوقي وهو يتحدّث عن العمل الفني للأولمبياد الخاصّ الألعاب العالمية في
Watch the video to see what artist Wael Shawky said about the piece he created, and still is creating, for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.