For many of the medical volunteers it was their first time to work with athletes with intellectual disabilities and the experience left a big impact with many committing to volunteer at future Special Olympics Russia events. For Elena Prislegina the three days represented “Exciting times, great leaders, devoted team, kid’s eyes bright with happiness. Believe me, it is worth a lot!” Svetlana Emelianova, a student of the Mariy State University said that all the time she felt like saying “Golden” rather than “Healthy” Athlete.
The medical volunteers gained the respect and cooperation of the athletes which is most aptly summed up by the impressions of Russian athlete Anastasia Belousova, from the Lyulpany village of the Medvedevsky district of the Mariy El: “They asked a lot of questions about my legs and arms, how strong I am, can I or can I not run. I liked the doctors – they are so kind and handsome!”
Well done to all the doctors, volunteers, athletes and coaches who worked so diligently and enthusiastically to make this milestone event such a success.