Michelle Cotter heads for the finish line in first place during the relay.
Michelle Cotter heads for the finish line in first place during the relay. Photos Elizabeth Nillson And Peter Muhlbock

Athens gold for Gympie athletes

TWO Gympie athletes have done Australia proud, taking gold medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.

Sprinter Michelle Cotter and bowler Stephen O'May have won a swag of medals over the last week.

On day seven of the competition Michelle took silver in the women's 100m final with a personal best time of 15.15.

The next day in the 100m relay she sprinted her team over the finish line to take first place and a gold medal for Australia.

Also on day seven Gympie middle distance runner Kimberley Langton ran a personal best of 2:59.24 in the heats of the 800m race to then take fifth in the 800m final.

Stephen O'May took a gold medal in the singles bowling competition on day six and two days later his mixed team won another gold.

Gympie football player Elijah Bond's 11-a-side team started out well in the competition, winning their first two divisioning games against India and Greece and then drawing with Great Britain (2-2) in the first match.

The 11-a-side team went down 0-3 to Turkey in the next game and then lost by one point to Ireland (2-3).

In the fourth match they won 3-1 against India.

The games began on June 25 and competition finished on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Australian squad said the Gympie athletes had done really well.

“They've had such a super Sunday the results haven't been uploaded yet,” she said.

Yesterday the Gympie competitors rested as the competition came to a close and this morning they attended the closing ceremony.

They will head back to Australia on Wednesday night.