Zhou Guanyu Takes Time to Assist Particular Olympics Athletes

Zhou Guanyu points at World Games Berlin 2023 sign

Zhou Guanyu posing with #Berlin2023 signal earlier than World Video games Closing Ceremony

Picture by Reese Bland

Formula 1 driver and Particular Olympics World Ambassador Zhou Guanyu made a cease in Berlin on the Particular Olympics World Video games on 25 June to work together with Particular Olympics athletes. Zhou, the primary Chinese language driver to compete in System One, spent a while with Particular Olympics Nice Britain athletes earlier than additionally assembly with two Particular Olympics athletes from China, listening to how their experiences at Video games has had an impression on their lives. Unable to attend occasions and competitors earlier within the week as a result of his personal racing schedule, Zhou made certain to be in Berlin in sufficient time to expertise a number of occasions first-hand by attending ultimate competitions in the course of the Video games and interesting with athletes.

“Watching the Video games reside; I really feel fairly emotional. Whereas watching gymnastics, I noticed how every athlete was engaged of their efficiency, but in addition partaking with the opposite athletes, and it gave me a heat feeling. I used to be emotional as a result of they have been attending to do issues they most likely would by no means get to do with out Particular Olympics.”

Zhou Guanyu, System 1 driver and Particular Olympics World Ambassador

Forward of the British Grand Prix on 9 July, Zhou welcomed Particular Olympics Nice Britain athletes to Alpha Romeo hospitality at Silverstone, the house of motor racing. Jacob Fairweather (subject hockey goalkeeper, received gold at Berlin 2023), James Huntington (bike owner, received silver medals in 10k time trial and highway race) and Matt Chilvers (athlete and coach in tennis, and Particular Olympics GB Athlete Management Improvement Officer) got a VIP tour of the paddock. Zhou gave them a tour of the staff storage and the pitlane earlier than watching different F1 drivers on the monitor as they ready for the remainder of the week’s competitions.

Three athletes standing with Zhou Guanyu

Zhou Guanyu with Particular Olympics Nice Britain athletes Jacob Fairweather, James Huntington and Matt Chilvers

Whereas motor sport is just not an official Particular Olympics sport, carting is an effective way to get youth and people with and with out mental disabilities concerned within the sport at a younger age. The help of Zhou at World Video games reveals the impression Particular Olympics has on this planet of sport because the group continues to attach and work with sports activities that aren’t at present formally acknowledged Particular Olympics sports activities.

“I’m honored to be a World Ambassador for Particular Olympics. I feel Particular Olympics and System 1 are well-matched compared to how a lot train and follow it takes to compete in sport and so they each require an excellent staff spirit,” stated Guanyu.