No ordinary athlete

Photo of Niall stood infront of one of his framed stadium drawings. This one being Sheffield Wednesday, Niall's favourite club

How it started

The London Marathon is the world’s largest one-day fundraising event. When COVID-19 caused its cancellation in 2020, the 2.6 Challenge was started as a way to raise much-needed funds for UK charities.

As a Special Olympics GB athlete, Niall wanted to raise money for the organisation. He set out to draw 26 football stadiums in the hope of raising £260.

He’s done a bit more than that. Since March 2020, Niall has sold over 100 of his felt-tip illustrations – raising over £6,000 for the organisation that transformed his life.

The power of sport

Special Olympics GB is part of a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. They are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place - one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.

With 27 different sports – ranging from basketball to alpine skiing – Special Olympics GB provides year-round access to sport as well as the chance to compete at a local, national and international level.

Photo of Niall playing basketball in his local park

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Special Olympics, Athlete Oath

Photograph of some of Nialls special olympics medals

"For me, Special Olympics GB has given Niall an outlet to show his drive and passion in his sport, in his life and now in his art. It’s been an amazing platform and a showcase to allow Niall to be seen for the person he is. Because he is special. He amazes people all the time."

Michelle, Niall's mum

Leading the way

‘Art with a Special Goal’ is among one of the first athlete led Social Enterprises within the Special Olympics movement.

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