DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — She won not one, not two, but three gold medals at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games; now Allison Douglas and her family ;are back in the Piedmont.
The 25-year old athlete won the three gold medals in separate equestrian events.
She celebrated her first day home with a trip to Rootz Salon in Thomasville.
The stylists there are close to Douglas as many of them have supported her throughout her journey, even giving her a special send-off before she left.
When asked about winning the gold medals, “It feels good,” Douglas said.
Douglas says she is proud of the medals because she feels as though she earned them.
“It was just tearful. It was just tears of joy,” Allen Douglas, said.
It was a joyous moment for the family when she received each medal.
However, Allen and Linda Douglas, Allison’s parents, are still disappointed that she missed out on training camp and other team activities because Special Olympics leaders were concerned that Allison experiences seizures.
“It was to me discriminating against her because of what they perceived as a disability worse than what it is,” Allen Douglas said.
“I never got an answer as to why she was excluded and that’s our problem,” he added.
Allen and Linda Douglas would like a public apology from the organization and are pushing for improved communication and policies regarding athletes who experience seizures.
They want to make sure another family doesn’t experience the obstacles they faced.
“To see the joy and the pride she had in herself, that was worth everything we’ve been through,” Linda Douglas said.