Suffolk Special Olympics athletes prepare to represent our region at Anniversary Games in Scotland
Four Ipswich badminton players will be amongst a select group of athletes who will be competing at the forthcoming Special Olympics Anniversary Games. The badminton players, together with three local athletes, will make up the Suffolk contingent of ‘Team East’ at the Games which will be held in Stirling, Scotland between 9 -13th August.
The Games will consist of 3 full days of competition, with 17 regions and nations from across the UK competing along with 5 visiting teams from Europe.
The ‘Special Olympics’ are sport for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability, these Anniversary Games are a multi-sport event that is being held to mark 50 years of Special Olympics worldwide and 40 years here in the UK.
The Anniversary Games will involve 1,400 athletes competing in 9 sports with the support of over 500 volunteers all being cheered on by over 5,000 family and friends throughout the 3 day event.
Marilyn Andrews, one of the parents involved said “We are really looking forward to supporting all of the Suffolk athletes and badminton players at the Special Olympics Anniversary Games in Stirling”.
“What an amazing opportunity for all of our athletes to represent their county and region at such a prestigious event! We hope they enjoy every minute of it as they have all been training so hard over the past few months. All of the families are so proud of all of our Suffolk Special Olympians”.
The badminton team have been using Gainsborough Sports Centre for their final preparations, with the support of Ipswich Borough Council.
“Ipswich Borough Council has continued supporting the badminton players representing Special Olympics Suffolk as they train towards the Anniversary Games in Stirling. It has been great to see the players working together as their preparations build towards their big event in Scotland. All at Ipswich Borough Council wish the badminton players and athletes the very best of luck and hope they all have a fantastic event,” said Daniel Hooper, Manager of Gainsborough Sports Centre.