GB Gold Medallists Jack Wells and Reece Johnson (pictured left to right) are our July One in a Million.
Jack, from Southend and Reece from Billericay were selected from players all over the country to make up the 11-man Soccability squad that competed in the Special Olympic Games in United Arab Emirates. The team flourished after beating Australia 3-1 in the final. Special Olympics GB is a life-changing charity for people with intellectual disabilities. The GB team returned home with 102 medals from this year’s games.
After 10 years of playing for the Porters Soccability team based in Thundersley, the pair were picked to represent their country in the 15th Special Olympic Games. The Porters, a club founded in 2014 has 63 players across a range of ages and abilities.
Jack said, “I started playing football at school and now want to inspire others to get involved in physical activity. As part of the GB squad, we were able to train at St George’s Park where the England squad train and that has given us a real confidence boost.”
Reece added, “We both played for our school football teams, me for Cedar Hall and Jack for St Christopher’s and they really encouraged us to compete in sport. The schools gave us a lot of opportunities and it has helped us get to where we are now.”
With incredible support from their parents, the pair spent time travelling round the country and raised £2500 to fund their participation in the Special Olympics. Jack and Reece’s achievements and commitments to the sport will help raise the profile of disability sport and showcase what sport can do for young people. It is a great inspirational achievement to be picked, to play and to return home with a Gold medal from the Special Olympics.