Two athletes traveled to Berlin to proudly represent Special Olympics Pennsylvania in two sports at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games Berlin, June 17-25:
Loretta Claiborne, York County, Tennis
Izaak Hobday, Bradford/Sullivan, Athletics
Here's what they've been up to!
|WATCH: Izaak Hobday wins GOLD in the 1500m
|WATCH: Loretta Claiborne wins GOLD in singles Tennis
Nineteen-year-old Izaak Hobday, the star from Bradford County, competed in the 1500m and won gold with a time of 5:26.15! He also ran in the 5000m and brought home silver with a time of 21:30.06 with Special Olympics USA teammate Trasean Singletary following closely to win the bronze.
Competing in her EIGHTH World Games -- the pride of York County, and truly one of the most impressive human beings to ever walk, run and jump this earth -- Loretta Claiborne won her singles tennis match against Natasha Doyle (St. Vincent & Grenadines), just 50 days shy of her 70th birthday!
Not only did Loretta win gold, she and her doubles partner Heidi Sand won bronze in their match against Eramma/Tomy (India).
We are endlessly proud of Izaak and Loretta. They are truly the pride of Pennsylvania, and there are not enough words for us describe how ecstatic we are for them and their success. Their new memories, friendships and experiences will last a lifetime.
Both athletes arrived home to a hero's welcome. Check it out!