November 29, 2016

Organizers of swimming event refuse to give gold medal to race-winning autistic boy because he “swam too fast”

StaffRebel Columnist

Rory Logan was competing in the Special Olympics Regional finals in Bangor, north Wales where he won the 50m final in a personal best time of 53.15 seconds.

However, he was only given a participation ribbon instead of a gold medal, because according to his mother, he 'swam too fast'.

“Rory came to me and said: "Mum I didn't do anything wrong, I won fair and square, what did I do?” the boy's mother Briony Logan said.

“I went to speak to the officials and basically they said he had been disqualified because he swam too fast. No one can get over this decision,” Briony told The Daily Mail.

According to the site, “event rules state that swimmers can't be more than 15 per cent faster than the time they swam in their heats in case you are deliberately trying to swim slower to be placed in a lower division's final.”

“Rory swam 15.8 per cent faster than his heat but someone please explain to me how a nine-year-old child would think of doing that or being that calculating,” Briony added.

The organizers of the event wouldn't overturn their decision. The 9-year-old boy felt so upset his mother considered withdrawing him from the competition. However, she decided to let him compete, where he eventually won gold in the 25 metres and the relay at the event.

Unfortunately for Rory, his personal best time in the 50m final will no longer count in his bid to qualify for the All Ireland Swimming Championships.

SOUND OFF in the comments: do you agree with the event organizers?

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commented 2016-11-30 08:55:43 -0500
This is where “The Rebel” needs to be careful in making “Leftist Stories” where none exist. This kind of story makes conservatives look stupid and misinformed. This is a long standing practice in many sports, all it would take is the mother telling her son to take it easy and save his energy for the final. He would be completely oblivious to any wrong doing. Playing sports as teenager I encountered many scenarios in which during a double elimination tournament a team could tank the first game to ensure themselves an easier path to the final, and many did. This is not leftist, it’s called playing the system, and is found in either camp, whether you are left wing or right.
commented 2016-11-30 00:23:14 -0500
Al. If Left’s were going to learn, they’d have done so already. Hence, my regular comment that Lefty’s are “incapable of learning”.

How bloody Orwellian, and they’re not even embarrassed!! That lack of self awareness is part of the symptoms of Lefty Psychosis.
commented 2016-11-30 00:19:08 -0500
I think the kid should have been bumped up to a higher division.
commented 2016-11-29 19:31:10 -0500
More idiocy from the left.
commented 2016-11-29 15:57:39 -0500
7.5 secs difference over 50m? I wonder if they could bump him up and let his time stand in that division, like they do in golf.
commented 2016-11-29 13:24:34 -0500
I have two kids that participate in special Olympics. its a tough call but I do agree with the decision. believe it or not, there are coaches who are more focused on winning than in the SO credo “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.” and they get the kids to sandbag. I am NOT saying this young man did that or even could understand that, but I bet he had a better day than most readers might think despite the ruling in the one event. That said, I am going to ask our local area reps about the possibility of awarding the gold if the time was reduced to the 15% and the athlete was still the winner with the handicapped time (pun not intended)
commented 2016-11-29 09:23:39 -0500
Same old, same old lefty nonsense. When will they ever learn?