Stirling, Scotland was the host city for the 2018 Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games, held recently to celebrate Great Britain’s 40-year membership of the Special Olympics movement.
Local badminton players and athletes returned to Suffolk clutching a handful of medals from the events, including gold in both the men’s singles and doubles badminton events, as well as medals of all three colours from the athletics events.
The ‘Special Olympics’ are sport for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability. The Anniversary Games involved 1,200 athletes competing in 10 sports with the support of over 500 volunteers all being cheered on by over 5,000 family and friends.
“We are so proud of all of the athletes who represented our county and region at the Games”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk. “It is a particular type of challenge for all of the athletes to compete at a multi-sport event such as this with all of the travelling involved, the unfamiliar surroundings and even the food being very different from what they are used to at home. Despite all of this, the performances in both the badminton and athletics events were absolutely outstanding. All of the seven-strong team from Ipswich and Suffolk did themselves, the town and our county proud”.
If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Terry McEntee on 07775 557784, visit the website at www.specialolympicssuffolk.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Photo: Suffolk’s Cameron Sherman and Ollie Priestley (centre) being awarded their Gold medals for their men’s doubles badminton success.]