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Birthday party: special joy for British disabled players
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10:47, October 05, 2007

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Five intellectually disabled players from the British delegation attending the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games had their birthday party Thursday at Wugong Hotel in Shanghai.

"I am so excited now. I just want to say 'thank you'," 20-year-old tennis player Thomas William Styles said, eating a birthday cake.

"It's my birthday today, and it will be a wonderful memory in my whole life," Styles said. "I want to call my parents now and share with them my pleasure."

"Happy birthday to you." The delegation members sang and danced.

The five "stars" lit candles, cut the birthday cake, received gifts and expressed their gratefulness to others.

Birthdays for four of them are between Oct. 2 and 11. "My birthday is on Oct. 8, and I have never thought I would have such a birthday party," swimming player Aidan Montgomery said.

"I joined a swimming competition this afternoon and was ranked the 4th place. The party added to my joy."

A manager of Wugong Hotel told Xinhua that after the British delegation checked in, he found five players could have their birthdays celebrated in Shanghai, so the hotel "designed" the special party for them.

"Actually, before we came here, we were a little bit worried. Shanghai is a different place with different culture, after all. However, we are now very happy," head of the British delegation Keith Wilcox said.

Source: Xinhua

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