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Particular Olympics Malta Athlete Gilmour Borg Shines as a Chief

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A smiling young man carrying a torch in his left hand.

Gilmour Borg carrying the Particular Olympics torch on the Particular Olympics Malta Invitational Video games 2022 Opening Ceremony.

Photograph by Claire Behan

“Particular Olympics modified my life. As a younger boy I used to be misplaced, I had nothing to look forward for. After becoming a member of Particular Olympics Malta, I learnt to simply accept myself. I began to grasp that not all the pieces is darkish however there’s a brighter aspect, too.”

Gilmour Borg, Particular Olympics Malta athlete

When Gilmour Borg joined Particular Olympics Malta seven years in the past, he may by no means have predicted how a lot his life would change. The 21-year-old athlete was closely struggling together with his psychological well being when he first joined the Motion.

When he was youthful, Borg used to endure from bullying, which severely wounded him. In the long run, he had the final giggle in opposition to the bullies. Sports activities have been the start line for his restoration.

“I want to elevate consciousness about bullying and the injury it does. Phrases can destroy you or construct you up. Bullying destroyed me. I even considered ending it and I don’t assume I might have been in a position to construct myself again up if it hadn’t been for Particular Olympics. “It’s horrible {that a} youngster can have such darkish ideas. At a younger age you’re presupposed to take pleasure in life, however I wasn’t having fun with mine and I didn’t imagine anybody would or may assist me.

“After I joined Particular Olympics, I lastly felt supported and liked. I learnt to belief the folks I had round that have been pushing me and telling me I may obtain all the pieces I needed. That was the beginning of me rebuilding myself.”

He went on explaining first-hand the ability sports activities have for really reworking lives: “To start with, well being is a lifestyle. I strongly imagine that the more healthy you reside, the happier you reside. Well being is a life-style and sport is essential.

“There are two methods to be an athlete. The primary is being in it to be one of the best, and the second is being in it to have enjoyable, chill out, and hold in form. While you prepare, it’s simply you and also you wish to give your all.

“Sport is essential as a result of it helps you mentally, not simply bodily. It helped me via the darkest time. Once I joined Particular Olympics, I used to be nonetheless feeling like a no person, and I felt despair; however then I spotted sport was serving to me. It was clearing my thoughts. I used to be in a position to do sports activities, I used to be giving my finest and having fun with doing it. I used to be studying a lot and making new pals. I went to coaching classes with a smile on my face.”

A young man standing elegantly dressed, talking from a podium.

Gilmour Borg addressing the viewers on the 2022 World Golisano Well being Management Award in September in New York Metropolis.

Borg took to coronary heart the teachings he learnt and have become an advocate for inclusion and fairness in his function as Athlete Chief and Well being Messenger, representing all Particular Olympics athletes.

“It’s an honour to be an envoy. I had by no means had somebody to talk for me and I had no voice till I discovered Particular Olympics. The truth that I can now be that voice for different athletes, it’s wonderful.

“Being a voice means being a frontrunner: somebody who helps and is at all times there. I’ve a frontrunner myself, Anna [Calleja, Special Olympics Malta National Director] and I look as much as her. I attempt to be and lead like her. She has helped me a lot and confirmed me the way in which—and that’s what I’m making an attempt to do for the athletes.

“Particular Olympics saved my life and I wish to repay them. Nothing is extra vital to me than representing Particular Olympics. I want everybody understood the distinction that Particular Olympics is doing in athletes’ lives.

“Some athletes are unable to speak, and Particular Olympics is giving them a voice. Once we get to be leaders and spokespeople it offers us new life, confidence, empowerment—all issues I want I had discovered earlier than. I nonetheless can not imagine the quantity of assist that I get.”

Final September, Borg was invited to handle the viewers on the ceremony of the distinguished 2022 World Golisano Well being Management Awards in New York Metropolis, USA.

“This was very private and the most important factor I’ve ever executed. I’ve competed, received medals, however this was on one other degree,” he recalled.

“That is acceptance. I used to be on that stage, and everybody was listening to me and accepting me—I used to be not being judged or discriminated, they have been eagerly listening to me, and so they knew I had vital issues to say. I had a little bit of tears in my eyes after I obtained a standing ovation: I couldn’t imagine I used to be lastly spreading my message.”

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