Rebecca Hatcher might not have a gold, silver or a bronze medal to wear on her journey home from the World Games, instead she’ll take with her priceless memories and new friendships.
Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has been a wonderful experience for the 21-year-old, who represents the UAE in swimming.
Born and raised in the UAE to American parents, Rebecca took part in the 50-meter backstroke, 100m freestyle and 4x25m freestyle relay competitions held at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.
She finished 4th, 5th and 4th respectively in her three events and was presented with a participation award.
Despite not getting her hands on one of the more prestigious prizes, Rebecca took the time to speak with World Games Abu Dhabi Special Correspondents Brendyn Monsorate, Bilal Hafeez and Christopher Swaminathan about her experiences at the World Games.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for us to meet athletes from around the world during these Special Olympics,” she said.
“We all can do great things around the world. The World Games will bring a lot of change in the lives of people of determination,” said Rebecca, who also thanked Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for supporting people of determination in the UAE and around the globe.