• GB athletes return victorious from Pre-World Winter Games

    As the curtain comes down on the Pre-World Games in Austria, we are thrilled that Special Olympics GB (SOGB) skaters Meg McFarlane and Stephanie Gott have both secured medals to cap a fantastic event.

    Meg came 3rd overall (Level 2) and picks up a bronze medal. Meanwhile, Steph came 1st overall (Level 3) and struck gold.

  • Supporters influence is crucial in enabling people with a learning disability to be active

    A report released on Thursday 14 January 2016 by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) shows that eight in ten supporters state they have some level of influence in encouraging disabled people to be active. Supporting me to be active, created by EFDS highlights the important role people who support disabled people play, whether in a professional or personal capacity.

  • Mother gives an insight into his son's life

    Jordan Okonta is a fine young man and brilliant Special Olympics GB athlete. Among his many talents and achievements on and off the track, he won a gold medal for the high jump at the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015.

    We recently talked to his's proud mum, Cathy Okonta  who gave us an insight into Jordan's life and successes.

  • Alpine Skiers and Ice Skaters to take part at Pre-World Winter Games in Austria

    Special Olympics GB is thrilled to send team of four athletes and four coaches to take part in the Special Olympics Pre-World Winter Games to be held in Austria, from Sunday 10 January until Friday 15 January 2016. Click on image below to see photos of the 2016 GB Team.

  • World Games swimming head coach awarded MBE New Year Honours

    We are delighted that our World Games swimming head coach Yvonne Anderson has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year Honours list for services to Special Olympics GB (SOGB).

  • MATP comes to the Midlands and provides an exciting sports pathway for people with profound learning disabilities

    Access to proper sports training and competition across the country for people with learning disability is a fraction of that available for non-disabled people.  For people with profound learning disabilities, those opportunities are virtually non-existent.

  • Logan has found his athletic home in Special Olympics

    A huge thank you to Julie Anslow for sharing these lines about her son Logan, an athletics Athlete from Special Olympics Harrow (picture below right). 

  • Over 100 Swimmers gather to compete in Harrogate

    Special Olympics Yorkshire & Humberside held their annual Regional swimming event on Saturday, 21 November 2015  at The Hydro, in Harrogate, which has an eight-lane pool, with excellent facilities and a very welcoming and helpful staff.

    The event attracted 10 clubs from Yorkshire and  Humberside, four from the Northern region and two from the North West with a total of 140 swimmers.

  • Christmas Reception in the company of Downton Abbey cast

    We were delighted to host a Christmas Reception in the company of Jim Carter (Mr Carson) and cast from Downton Abbey at The London Silver Vaults on 1 December 2015.

  • Remembering Swimming Coach Anne Calvert

    We have been informed of the very sad news of the passing of our volunteer Anne Calvert on 19 November 2015. Anne made a huge impact for so many people with intellectual disabilities and their families over 30 years.  

    Generations of people have been showing their gratitude to her passion and energy over recent days.

  • Farewell to Jed Renilson

    It is with great sadness we learnt that Jed Renilson had passed away on Tuesday 27 October. Jed died peacefully at home following a short illness with his family around him.

  • Volunteer Coordinators come together to share ideas and experiences

    On Saturday 21 November we hosted our 1st ever Special Olympics Volunteer Coordinator Networking Day where six Volunteer Coordinators from different Special Olympics Clubs came together to share ideas and experiences.

    Chris Lane, Volunteer Coordinator with Special Olympics St Albans, said:

    “It was a really interesting day and great to meet Gearoid and the other Volunteer Coordinators.”

  • Proud mother shares story of his son's perseverance

    When Special Olympics GB’s basketball Head Coach Jazz Owen (pictured right) told us immediately after the successful Gold Medal Final about one of her players, Niall Guite, we knew that we had to find out more about this athlete.

    Jazz, said:

  • Welsh Athletes Homecoming at Millennium Stadium

    Special Olympics GB’s World Games athletes from Wales had a wonderful evening on Wednesday 11 November as they were treated to a ‘Welcome Home Reception’  for their incredible endeavours in Los Angeles. The event  held at the Millennium Stadium and hosted by Welsh Assembly and sponsored by Disability Sport Wales and our many thanks go to Stephen Bailey for providing these group photographs.

  • Special Olympics is coming to Sheffield: Games Sponsorship launch event

    We were proud of our Sheffield-based Special Olympics GB athletes Megan Hattersley, Alex Thompson, Niall Guite and Bethan Morgan, who spoke in front of a large group of companies at the 2017 National Games sponsorship launch at Sheffield United's world-class Bramall Lane venue on Thursday 12 November. 

  • Medallists decided on exciting weekend at National Learning Disability Tennis Championships

    Builth Wells’ Shain Lewis won the Division 1 men’s singles for the first time at the National Learning Disability Tennis Championships over the weekend of 30 October and 1 November 2015, as players from the local East Midlands Learning Disabilities Tennis Team claimed gold medals in three of the eleven men’s singles groups.

  • Wonderful Judo club in Sussex receives Queen’s Award

    Athletes and coaches of the wonderful Westerleigh Judo, which is part of Special Olympics Hastings and Rother Club in Sussex were given The Queen’s award for voluntary services on Saturday 31 October 2015.

    The club's official Paula Everest - pictured below with The Queen's award and The Lord Lieutenant who delivered the accolade - said:

    "Everyone had an amazing time and a wonderful day."

  • Calling all Sheffield businesses: Special Olympics GB needs you.

    August 2017 will see the 10th National Summer Games take place in Sheffield.  In the region of 2,500 Athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from across the country.  They will be supported over four days of competition by 700 coaches, 600 volunteers and over 6,000 family and friends.

    A spectacular Olympic-style Opening Ceremony will kick-off the event at Sheffield United FC, with a closing ceremony at Sheffield Arena.  

  • Employees from Coca-Cola Enterprises’ participate in the 2nd Unified Sports® Tournament in Morpeth

    Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), in partnership with Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB), brought together staff from its local manufacturing sites around Great Britain to participate in a Unified Sports tournament close to its factory in Morpeth. The initiative is the second of its kind, returning after a successful launch in 2014.

  • Athlete Feature: ‘Dream Big’ says Special Olympics GB athlete Ian

    Ian Harper is 28 and has been a Special Olympics Great Britain athlete for 15 years. When you speak to Ian, you know this is a person worth listening to.

    Ian lives in Worcestershire. His specialist sport is athletics – particularly sprint races, relays and shot putt. Ian has autism.

    Ian has only just recently returned from the Southern Athletics competition in Bournemouth where he picked up a full set of gold, silver and bronze medals.

    Ian explains: