posted by Candy
Some of you may know that Ireland hosted the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2003. And some of you may also know that Nelson Mandela opened the 2003 WSG.
These are some of the words he used in his Opening Speech –
‘Few things in life could have given me greater pleasure and done me more honour than being associated with the Special Olympics. I regard myself immensely privileged to be at this occasion tonight.
The Special Olympics give telling testimony to the indestructibility of the human spirit and of our capacity to overcome hardships and obstacles.
You, the athletes, are ambassadors of the greatness of humankind. You inspire us to know that all obstacles to human achievement and progress are surmountable. Your achievements remind us of the potential to greatness that resides in every one of us.
May the Games be enjoyable to you in the challenges it poses. May you continue to grow as individuals and persons. And may the world learn from your example.
I thank you for the honour of being able to share in this great occasion.
AFTER THE LIGHTING OF THE FLAME OF HOPE
It is my honour to declare the 2003 Special Olympics Summer World Games officially open.
Let the games begin!!!!’
Very special words from a remarkable and much loved gentleman.