Malachy Stewart

Malachy Stewart

SPORT: Basketball

PROVINCE: British Columbia

How long have you been involved with Special Olympics?

Three years.

How is your life different since joining Special Olympics?

It is much better. I have always loved sports. I have never been able to play on a regular sport team. I finally feel like I have somewhere where I belong and where I fit in. Basketball has made me feel more confident and gives me hope.

What do you like most about the sport you will be competing in at Special Olympics World Summer Games Berlin 2023?

I love how fast it is. It keeps you on your toes. It requires a lot of teamwork. I love to run. I believe it is a powerful sport.

What is your proudest moment with Special Olympics?

Making the Special Olympics Team Canada Training Squad, of course!!!

What does Special Olympics and attending World Games mean to you?

It means everything to me. It is life-changing. It makes me believe in myself. It has increased my self-esteem. It gives me focus. It gives me goals. I am very proud of this accomplishment. I was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, and I never thought going through my teenage years that I would ever be able to participate in any major sporting event. Now I know I can. This is the most important thing that has happened in my life.

What is your goal for Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023?

I want to improve my game and do better. Of course I want to win! I want to learn how to jibe with my team. I want to become better and better at playing basketball. I am looking forward to learning so much more from my other teammates, and from my coaches.