On Monday the Zottegem Olympic athlete Joris Caekebe was invited to the administrative center Sanitary and to be honored by the city council. After all, he managed to get two medals at the International Special Olympics in Malta and two weeks later he won another three medals at the National Special Olympics in Louvain-la-Neuve.
As a sporting centipede, Joris also plays football for the G-squad of KSV Sottegem and is also a proud member of the Special Red Devils in Tubize, where he is a keeper at level two. During the European edition (the Special Olympics Invitational Games in Malta from May 13 to May 18), Joris won the gold medal for the ‘shot put 4kg’ discipline with a throw of 10m12. He also won a bronze medal in the ‘4x10m relay’ and took a nice 6ofplace at the ‘100m walk’. During the national edition (the Special Olympics Belgium National Games in Louvain-la-Neuve from May 25 to May 28), he won no fewer than three medals: gold in the ‘long jump’ discipline with a jump of 4m14, silver in the ‘100m run ‘ with a top time of 13’46” and bronze for the ‘shot put 4kg’ discipline with a throw of 10m28.
“Joris excelled in various disciplines: shot put, long jump, 4×100 relay and 100m run and is rightly very proud of his achievements”, says Mayor Evelien De Both (N-VA)† “We are also very proud of our Zottegemse multiple Olympic champion. Such a top performance deserves to be celebrated in an appropriate way and Joris was invited together with his parents in the Lichtstraat of the Administrative Center Sanitary for a ceremony. Congratulations again from the entire college! We wish Joris every success in his further career and are sure that he will win many more medals.”