The second Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament was held recently in Ipswich and has been hailed as a great success by players and coaches alike.

The tournament, which was organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council led ‘Most Active County’ partnership, involved 25 players from as far afield as Bournemouth, Southampton, Lincoln and Exeter as well as our own local Suffolk players (pictured).

The standard of play was excellent throughout the day with some very tight matches deciding the final medal placings.

Special Olympics, which is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability, is relatively new to Suffolk with the local branch having only been established as recently as 2014. Special Olympics Suffolk currently focusses upon badminton, athletics and gymnastics.

“This tournament provided a great opportunity for our local badminton players to compete with and against Special Olympians from other clubs across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.

“We have had such positive feedback from the players, coaches and volunteers at the event. The volunteers that supported this event have been absolutely brilliant, huge thanks must go to them as events like these simply wouldn’t take place if it wasn’t for the volunteers who organise and deliver them”, added Mike.

The tournament served as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB National Anniversary Games, which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August. “Four of our Suffolk players will be taking their places in the Eastern Region team for Stirling, we wish them well”, said Terry McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.

If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Terry McEntee on 07775557784 or email terrymcentee474@gmail.com or visit the website at www.specialolympicssuffolk.org.

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