Anna’s Special Olympics Gold Medal Win

Anna’s been training since January to compete in the Individual Skills for Basketball in the Special Olympics and her competition was last weekend. I was so proud of her for winning a gold medal! It was set up so well (even though we had to drive to San Marcos), each athlete was teamed up with two others from other districts who had similar skills so each person had a chance to win a medal.

We arrived on time but they were way behind so we had about 40 minutes to fill up, so we wandered around campus. Spring is just starting to show its beautiful face.

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

The gym was very crowded and chaotic and the lighting was horrible. She handled everything pretty well after we found a quiet spot on the wall to wait. I have to say that the gym images are not good technically… high ISO and low shutter speed yielded a lot of grain and motion blur but they capture my girl in action so they warm my heart.

There were three skill areas. In the first, Anna had to make five shots at the basket from five different spots. She’s used to sinking shots in a regular sized basket, so she had to adjust to the shorter basket. She sunk so many in a row that the entire crowd ended up cheering for her. You can almost see the joy on her face.

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

The next skill area involved dribbling the ball down half court then back again.

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

The last skill area involved throwing a ball at a target on a wall five times. She did pretty good on this one too.

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

I didn’t realize until later that each athlete is sponsored by a volunteer. Anna’s sponsor was HEB. She was so excited to get her very own name badge!

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

Anna was quite nervous to stand on the #1 podium so she had her volunteer hold her from behind while she got her medal.

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

Proud girl!!!

girl child Austin lifestyle photographer Special Olympics

Thanks for looking and celebrating with us!

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  • angela king - go anna!!!!!!!!!!!!! i’m so excited for her. and for you. your images are perfect high iso and all. these are great memories for all of you. i’m glad you captured them. that one of her showing off her medal melts my heart. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Julie Anders - Way to go Anna!!! πŸ™‚ Good job on capturing her special day!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Yeah! CONGRATULATIONS to Anna and her proud Mommy πŸ™‚ You did a terrific job capturing the joy and nerves of your star!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Lane - Ahh Holly you should be proud! How fantastic, you will treasure these images I’m sureReplyCancel

  • jessica - Holly this post gave me chills, I loved reading this story and feeling like I was there through your images!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Spaulding - Awesome job, Anna!!! Way to go! You sure did an amazing job with everything…I hope you have that great new medal displayed somewhere that everyone can see it!ReplyCancel

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