Meg Mcfarlane, aged 13 years from Nottingham, Great Britain, competed at the Ladies Figure Skating at the World Games in Austria. Meg has been preparing for this moment for eight years, having first taken to the ice at just age five. Her story may be already known to many, as she featured on ESPN's website profile of athletes for the Games.
Seriously ill at the start of her life, Meg underwent open heart surgery at just two years of age.
She trains at least four times a week, oftentimes before her school day even starts. One of her training sessions that takes place at the Lamass Ice Centre in Nottingham is a unified session. This is her first appearance at a World Winter Games. But you wouldn't know that watching her skate today.
"Meg was a very shy girl when she first started skating", says coach Louisa, "now she loves to perform in front of the crowd and you can see that self esteem and confidence shine through when she skates." Indeed, when you talk to Meg about skating, her face lights up. "I feel like a princess", she says.
Ice skating and Special Olympics have given Meg a framework for life according to her Dad, Cory. "She likes to be organised so loves the structure around her training", he says. "For some athletes who perhaps were never picked for teams when they were younger, Special Olympics gives them a chance to prove how good they really are. That's why we are so thankful for this movement being part of not only Meg's life, but for our family too."
Sport is a big part of life for the Mcfarlane family. As Cory puts it, "Important lessons that don't get taught in the classroom, get taught in sport."