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Team Camden Society compete in London Triathlon

  Team Camden Society celebrate after competing in the Virgin London Triathlon. View the photo gallery here.

Team Camden Society, three athletes with learning disabilities, competed alongside celebrities at the weekend in London’s Virgin Triathlon. Simon Liu, Andrew Omoding and Lucy Collins succeeded in raising £2,339 to support people with disabilities to enjoy a holiday this summer.

Team Camden Society were participating in the Triathlon to raise money for The Great Escape – a one-off opportunity for 80 people with learning disabilities from inner city London to take a week long break, this month at a country house in Buckinghamshire. The three athletes had trained for several months alongside Camden Society staff to get ready for the challenging relay. Lucy Collins swam 750 metres without stopping and really enjoyed the swim. Simon Liu cycled 20k on a tricycle and despite falling off twice, was determined to get back on his bike and complete the course. Andrew ran his 5k leg really fast and even overtook his support worker in a final burst at the end of the race.

The athletes spoke afterwards about their sense of achievement in completing the race and raising money for people with learning disabilities to be able to go on holiday. Simon said “I am happy I have done it; the training was hard and 20k was a long way. I couldn’t stop after one lap but had to go and do a second lap.” Lucy who is a seasoned athlete, having won a silver medal at the Beijing Special Olympics found swimming in the docklands very different from swimming in a pool and said “the triathlon for me was a big achievement.” On finishing his race, Andrew simply said “I have won!”.

Camden Society staff member and team leader, Nathalie Brossard was very proud of the team’s efforts. “The whole experience was really exciting and it was great to see our athletes competing alongside everyone else. We had a lot of support and I even shook hands with Richard Branson just as we were about to jump into the water!”

The athletes are all regular participants in The Camden Society’s Peer Activity Support Scheme (PASS) which encourages people with learning disabilities to try out new sports as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and building social networks in the community.

With three weeks to go before The Great Escape, The Camden Society is £500 short of its £9,000 target. To help us raise the final few pounds, text ESCP08 £3 to 70070 or go to /getinvolved/festivalappeal