Fatima Omarji

Fatima Omarji

Sports Award


Hi, I am Fatima Omarji and I live in Leicester. I am 40 years old and I was born with a learning disability which has impacted on my life in many ways. But through sport, and the friends it has given me, I have learnt to master the anger I feel from time to time and make something of my life. I am so grateful to my friend Lee Penfold who 20 years ago introduced me to basketball and Special Olympics which provides sport for people with learning disability. I am now a mum and an grandma so was a great honour (and a surprise) to be selected by Special Olympics to represent Great Britain in the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin in June 2023. I missed out four years ago and I thought my chance had gone.

Sadly Sport England do not fund Special Olympians to compete even though they are representing the Country at one of the largest international events in the world with 7000 athletes from 170 countries. It costs over £2500 per athlete so finding the money has been a major worry for me. I am really grateful to Special Olympics GB and Special Olympics East Midlands for their financial support and most recently the JHT for their Inspire Award. Many thanks, it means so much to me.

Finally, thanks to David at Special Olympics East Midland for helping me with this profile and the blogs.

Now off Berlin and with David's help I will keep you posted on how I get on through my blog.



4th in the Special Olympics World Games Basketball Tournament

Posted: 19th Jul, 2023

This a photo of the squad. In the end we just missed out on a medal to come 4th in the Special Olympics World Games basketball tournament in Berlin. A medal would have been nice but I remain extremely... Read More »


Me in action at the Special Olympics World Games

Posted: 19th Jul, 2023

This is me playing in the new three in a team basketball format. I am trying to shield the ball and get it away to my friend Julie who is in the background.


In the Stadium. GB Basketball Squad. Special Olympics World Games.

Posted: 13th Jul, 2023

The atmosphere is great. Really enjoying the experience.


Out and about in Berlin

Posted: 12th Jul, 2023

training hard but still with time to take in some of the sights in Berlin


The entire Special Olympics GB squad at the airport

Posted: 12th Jul, 2023

This photo was taken at the airport before we all headed off to the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin


I was made captain of the Special Olympics 3 Player Team at the World Games

Posted: 12th Jul, 2023

This was a great surprise and an honour to be made the captain of our team for World Games in Berlin, so unexpected. The photo is of me with two Basketball England players.

Less than a week to go before the World Games

Posted: 11th Jun, 2023

Less than a week to the World Games in Berlin! Read More »