Tennis player Shain Lewis was one of 157 athletes who represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, from 25 June to 4 July. He shares his diary of the Games
I’m 18 and I live in Builth Wells in Wales. Special Olympics has changed my life, because it’s given me the opportunity to compete in places I’d never dreamed of visiting. Going to Greece is great, because it’s the home of the Olympics!
Since I joined my local Special Olympics club three years ago, I have focused more on my tennis. I train three times a week.
I’m so proud to be representing Great Britain. I want to show that people with a disability can achieve the same things as other people. I’m most excited about competing for gold and meeting new people.
I’ve been busy packing things like my kit, toiletries, flip-flops and my camera. I like how the kit looks, but I would have liked pockets in my tennis shorts. I’ve also packed my good luck charm, a shock absorber for my racket.
Monday 6 June: Talking tennis at Downing Street
Today was my 19th birthday and I got to go to Downing Street and meet David Cameron! It was an honour and I will never forget it. I went with six other athletes to represent the Special Olympics.
Mr Cameron talked to me about the French Open and asked who was my favourite out of Federer and Nadal? His was Federer, mine was Nadal. We also went to meet the Greek ambassador, so it’s been busy day.
Monday 20 June: A long journey
We finally arrived on the island of Skiathos at 1pm today. I left home yesterday lunchtime and my mum drove me to Cardiff to meet the rest of the Welsh team. At Heathrow, I met up with the five other tennis players and two coaches. My mum and brother Fred are coming to Greece with me too.
We are staying here for a few days before the Games start. We will spend time together and learn about the Greek culture. I know a lot about Greek gods, but not about Greek people.
Lots of people were lined up as the boat arrived and handed us flowers.
This evening we went to a dinner hosted by the mayor and ate traditional Greek food. It’s been a very long day!