by Ian Marshall, Editor
The film, which is now available on-line, depicts the preparations of the three members of Brighton Table Tennis Club, located on the south coast of England, as they prepare to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming 2018 World Championships for Athletes with Down Syndrome
Also including athletics and basketball, the event, which also includes cultural activities, will be staged in Funchal, Madeira from Monday 1st to Monday 8th October.
Team Santos is the name, adopting that of their coach, Pedro Santos; the film highlights the way in which he motivates the group and challenges commonly held perceptions regarding the limitations attributed to Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome.
Pedro Santos is demanding, he is determined the players should reach their potential and push back boundaries. However, in his enthusiasm, he displays caring, understanding and limitless patience; all factors combining to produce a situation of mutual respect.
Recently the film premiered at the Duke of York’s Picture House in Brighton and will be shown at the Aesthetica Film Festival to be shown in York, in the north of England, the Festival being one of high renown. It is recognised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Most impressively to date, local screenings have raised £5,000.00 to fund the journey to Funchal.
Harry Fairchild, Chris O’Flynn and Andrew Tonkin are not only players; they are the first with Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome to gain the ITTF/PTT Level One Coaches certificate.
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