Basketball gold for Royston’s Edney

Royston’s Adam Edney struck basketball gold with the Eastern team at the Special Olympics Summer Games in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old, who studies at North Herts College in Stevenage, was the youngest player on the nine-man squad and helped Eastern through to the final against Wales.

And after a tense contest, he was able to collect a gold medal to the delight of mum Helen, who said: “It was so exciting and very emotional as well.”

Edney became interested in basketball four years ago through the Special Olympics movement and plays for the Hertford-based Chiefs club.

The chance to compete at the event – and win – completed a remarkable journey for him as Helen added: “Eastern took two or three coachloads to Sheffield and the event took over the university from Monday to Saturday. They even had an athletes village, with no family members allowed!”