We would like to share the stories of our brilliant support network of coaches and volunteers who are part of the incredible team by our inspirational athletes!  

We are very lucky and humbled to have some of the very best volunteers  and coached  in the country at Special Olympics GB (SOGB). 

We will always need the next generation of great volunteers coming through at SOGB, hence we hope the stories below enthuse you to get involve with our charity.

Roger Sharpre        

One such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester... such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability.

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/roger-and-his-special-olympics-leicester...

One such amazing SOGB story is 25 years old and lives and breathes every Monday night in Leicestershire.

It is guided by the truly wonderful coach, Roger Sharpe.  Roger is 71 years old and founded the Special Olympics Leicester & District Basketball Club over 25 years ago – to provide sports training every week for people with a learning disability. 

To see the energy, dedication and care that coach Roger puts into a session is remarkable.  He has a personal hands on approach guiding his athletes through each routine, practice and match scenarios.

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Athlete Kiera Byland, from Special Olympics GB’s Cycling team at the World Games in Los Angeles, came back with an astonishing personal haul of three Gold medals. 

However, the 17 year old from Bolton, also returned with huge gratitude and respect for Special Olympics GB and its volunteers and coaches who have guided our athletes on their journeys.

Kiera explained: “My coach Joe Malik was an excellent guide and mentor. He gave me a weekly training schedule where I trained five out of seven days. On Mondays, I took part in a track league and a one hour fitness session, followed a closed circuit two-hour training session completing 20 lap races on Tuesdays. Read more.

  picking up a Gold medal in 400 metres at the World Games in Los Angeles in late July 2015.  In a remarkable addition to this story, Daniel’s great grandfather, Freddie, won a Gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin in the 4x400 relay.

However, Daniel’s achievement simply did not happen overnight.  It was a result of the long term dedication, loyalty, passion and excellence of Special Olympics GB’s network of coaches and volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.

It is a story which demonstrates the individual, highly professional and strategic approach that Special Olympics GB’s coaches introduce for each individual athlete with a learning disability and their specific requirements.

Daniel’s Special Olympics coach, Maggie North, has helped Daniel on that journey

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/daniel-wolffs-special-olympics-coach-and...

  picking up a Gold medal in 400 metres at the World Games in Los Angeles in late July 2015.  In a remarkable addition to this story, Daniel’s great grandfather, Freddie, won a Gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin in the 4x400 relay.

However, Daniel’s achievement simply did not happen overnight.  It was a result of the long term dedication, loyalty, passion and excellence of Special Olympics GB’s network of coaches and volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.

It is a story which demonstrates the individual, highly professional and strategic approach that Special Olympics GB’s coaches introduce for each individual athlete with a learning disability and their specific requirements.

Daniel’s Special Olympics coach, Maggie North, has helped Daniel on that journey

- See more at: http://specialolympicsgb.org.uk/daniel-wolffs-special-olympics-coach-and...

 

Daniel Woolf picked up a Gold medal in 400 metres at the World Games in Los Angeles in late July 2015.  In a remarkable addition to this story, Daniel’s great grandfather, Freddie, won a Gold medal at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin in the 4x400 relay.

However, Daniel’s achievement simply did not happen overnight.  It was a result of the long term dedication, loyalty, passion and excellence of Special Olympics GB’s network of coaches and volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.

It is a story which demonstrates the individual, highly professional and strategic approach that Special Olympics GB’s coaches introduce for each individual athlete with a learning disability and their specific requirements. 

Daniel’s Special Olympics coach, Maggie North, has helped Daniel on that journey. Read more.

 

If there is a story to try and encourage more people to continue the success of Special Olympics, then look no further than our volunteer Keith Wilcox in the North East England. Keith is the Northern Regional Chairman of Special Olympics GB and also a board member of the charity. However, his influence has been much greater than just those significant titles. Keith is an incredible man.

He is 63 years old and has devoted all of his adult life to making life better for other people.  He is one of the most selfless, decent people you could hope to meet. Read more.

 

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Meet volunteer Claire Carter from our club in Isle of Wight