• Special Olympics Carmarthenshire - stars of the show

    The Carmarthenshire Sports Personality of the Year Awards for 2013 were presented last week at a gala event in Llanelli and the local Special Olympics club were the stars of the show.

    Michael Beynon, Special Olympics track and field athlete won the Disable Sportsman of the Year Award. This was the second year in a row that Michael picked up the prestigious award and this year the runner up was John Hayes, a fellow track and field athlete.

  • World Summer Games 2015 Selection Weekend for GB Delegation

    At the weekend our Head Coaches for the World Summer Games 2015 gathered to review the applications from athletes and coaches aiming to be part of the GB delegation in Los Angeles.

    “It was great to get the Head Coaches together this weekend and we had nearly a full turnout including the two physios who will be part of the team,” said Laura Smith, Head of Delegation.

  • Special Olympics athlete speaks to Government’s International Development Committee

    This week, Greg Silvester Special Olympics athlete and gymnastics coach, brought the struggle facing millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Africa to the attention of the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) Committee Inquiry into Disability and Development.

  • Special Olympics Exeter & District is in the spotlight again

    Special Olympics Exeter & District is dusting its award shelf again in the hope of adding some new bits of silverware.

    At the end of 2013 the athletes and members of Special Olympics Exeter & District were delighted when the club won the Pride of Exeter Community Group of the Year Award. The club and some of its volunteers and athletes have now been shortlisted in seven different categories in the Exeter Express & Echo Sports Awards.

  • Back to school

    Last week Alex Thompson, Special Olympics swimmer, visited a Sheffield school with Paralympian silver medallist Rik Waddon to inspire young people to get involved in sport.

  • Unified on court

    Around 40 Special Olympics athletes from three London schools took part in a unified basketball clinic with National Basketball Association (NBA) players today.

    The Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks hosted a unified basketball clinic as part of the NBA Cares programme for around 80 athletes from Special Olympics Great Britain and London Youth at the O2 arena. The Nets and Hawks are in London for a regular-season game tomorrow night.

  • Coach Jane Whetnall awarded an MBE

    Our Gymnastics Coach Jane Whetnall has been awarded an MBE by the Queen in the New Year Honours for her services to disability sport.

    The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community or for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.

  • Back to the studio for Sharon

    On Saturday 4 January Sharon Langley, mother of Special Olympics athlete Adam Osborne, was back in the BBC Bristol studio with Livvy and Chrissie for their Twelve O’Clock show.

  • It just keeps getting better for our Milton Keynes Gymnasts

    Following their success at the 2013 National Summer Games in Bath last summer three rhythmic gymnasts from Milton Keynes have been invited to become part of the GB Disability Display squad.

    Special Olympics athletes Jannette Sharpe, Katherine Marfleet and Teresa Law, who train at the Special Needs Unit Gymnasts Club (SNUGS) in Milton Keynes all have Down’s syndrome.

  • 60 Riders to Compete at National Equestrian Competition

    Next week Special Olympics equestrian athletes will gather at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, for the Special Olympics 2013 National Equestrian Competition. 60 riders from nine regions will vie for a chance to represent Great Britain at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.

    The riders will be divisioned by their ability and age and will compete in dressage, prix caprilli, working trails and horse care & knowledge.

  • Special Olympics Wales team given send-off

    Dozens of Welsh athletes were in Cardiff Bay earlier this week - all sporting their new Welsh kit for the 2013 National Summer Games. The athletes were representing the 144 competitors, coaches and carers who will be coming from across Wales to the National Summer Games in Bath at the end of August. They were greeted by the Welsh Government Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths and ITV was there covering the event.

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