Ingleburn gymnast scores slew of medals at Special Olympics World Games

Winner: Imogen Campbell shows off her Special Olympics medals. Picture: Jess Layt
Winner: Imogen Campbell shows off her Special Olympics medals. Picture: Jess Layt

Imogen Campbell can't walk through her school without someone stopping her to discuss her recent success at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.

The 16-year-old Ingleburn resident picked up a slew of gymnastics medals at the games in March and earned the pride of her family, friends and entire school community.

Mum Vannessa McKay said she "couldn't put into words" how much it meant to see her daughter competing for Australia and thriving.

"When we watched the videos of the event back as a family we all started crying," she said. "I'm just so proud. We never would have thought this could happen."

McKay said Imogen was inspired by the Olympic motto: 'Let me win, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt'.

The powerful words let the James Meehan High School student to a gold medal in vault, a bronze medal and two fourths. She also achieved third overall.

"I felt good when I was doing the vault but I was a little worried about my floor routine," Imogen said.

The year 10 student loved the experience of travelling to the United Arab Emirates and "cried with happiness" when local school students cheered her on.

Some of the highlights of her trip included seeing camels up close and watching The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle perform the rousing song This Is Me at the closing ceremony.

McKay said Imogen now planned to compete in the 2023 Special Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

"The Special Olympics is such a wonderful organisation that let's everyone achieve their dream of competing on the world scale," she said.