• Gateshead volunteers write poems for the GB Team

    Back in March we invited all our registered volunteers to write a poem dedicated to the GB Team competing the 2015 World Summer Games in LA. 

    We would like to share with you two poems we received from Special Olympics Gateshead volunteers Adam Scott and Mary Liddle. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did.

     

  • Stars of Downton Abbey are good sports for Special Olympics GB at Gala Dinner

    On the evening of Wednesday, 24 June, the cast of the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey came together ahead of the final series for an extraordinary evening at the Downton Abbey Gala Dinner.  In partnership with, and in aid of, Special Olympics GB, the event saw Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nichols, Alan Leech and many other cast members unite for an unforgettable cabaret performance and a thrilling night of fundraising.

  • Special Olympics GB confirms Bramall Lane as Opening Ceremony venue for the 2017 National Summer Games

    Special Olympics GB is delighted to confirm the opening ceremony for the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in Sheffield will be held at Sheffield United’s famous Bramall Lane stadium.

  • Paralympian Natasha Baker visits equestrian athlete to compete in LA

    Not only is Georgina Maton, Special Olympics GB Equestrian athlete, heading to the World Games in LA next month but she got a surprise visit from her heroine, double gold winning Paralympian Natasha Baker at Oaklands College in St. Albans.

  • GB Swimmers and Judo Players excel in France

    We are delighted with the GB swimmers and judo players who competed at the Special Olympics France National Summer Games. Our athletes came back with 10 medals out of 10 medal opportunities, and truly showed their skill on the international stage.

  • Let's celebrate Learning Disability Week 2015

    In Learning Disability Week (15-21 June) Special Olympics GB, Mencap and EFDS recognise those working to encourage more people with a learning disability to take part in sport and physical activity.

    There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Over 1 million adults aged 20 years and above and 410,000 children aged up to 19 years have a learning disability (Papworth Trust, 2014).

  • The Queen’s Award for Sussex athletes and coaches

    We are delighted that Westerleigh Judokwai club in Sussex - that delivers the Special Olympics Hastings and Rother judo training and competition programme - has received The Queen’s Award.

    Westerleigh Judokwai, based in Battle on the South Coast, was recognised with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015.

  • Entrepreneurial students raise awareness for Special Olympics

    We are delighted that our corporate partner, Coca-Cola Enterprises, has launched a series of bus stop advertisements across Great Britain, designed by finalists of its annual enterprise competition theReal Business Challenge to support and raise awareness for our charity.

  • Powerlifters achieve personal bests in Gateshead

    A successful inaugural Special Olympics Gateshead Powerlifting event at the Gateshead International Stadium took place on Sunday 17 May.

    No fewer than 17 Special Olympics athletes travelled to the North East to participate in the competition.

    Scotland West, Yorkshire and Humberside, Essex and Northern were some of the regions represented.

  • Over 70 athletes enjoyed the 1st Special Olympics Cornwall Sports Day

    Rain and wind couldn’t prevent more than 70 athletes, over 30 Cornwall Sport Partnership staff, volunteers and sports leaders from enjoying the first Special Olympics Cornwall Come & Try Sports Day at Heron Tennis Centre, Newquay, on Friday 22 May.

  • This Girl Can: Jessica Bromley

    Jessica Bromley is 34, from Wolverhampton, is part of the Los Angeles bound GB table tennis team and comes from a very sporting family. Jessica, whose sister Victoria was at the London 2012 Paralympics as part of Team GB’s table tennis squad, is one of Special Olympics GB’s most experienced athletes. She loves table tennis, swimming and also looking after her four cats in the house!

  • East Herts athletes win Silver at Boccia England Nationals

  • Athletes meet Wrestlers The Miz and Wade Barrett

    Last night (14th April 2015) 15 Special Olympics Great Britain athletes got the once in a lifetime chance to meet and watch some of the World’s greatest wrestlers in London.

    All athletes had a private meeting with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc (WWE) Wrestlers The Miz and Wade Barrett (pictured) before the event and then went on to watch the show.

     

  • Two Special Olympics Golfers to compete in Macau

    Two Special Olympics GB golfers taking on their own Masters challenge in Macau this coming week. A team of two GB golfing athletes based in Surrey - Mikael Undrom (pictured left) and Michael Lines (pictured right) will be attending the Special Olympics Golf Masters in Macau from 20 – 25 April.

    Head of Delegation for this competition is Elsie Undrom, supported by coach Sally Lines.

     

  • Under the skin of Ruairidh Brown

    “The rider that wins the bike race is the one that tries a bit harder for a bit longer.” Good advice for sporting endeavour but also applicable as encouragement to overcome lifetime’s challenges.

  • Special Olympics GB receives landmark £2 million government funding boost

    We have received a huge funding boost from the government.

    Our charity currently has 150 local clubs that serve 8,000 intellectually disabled athletes with the help of its dedicated army of 4,000 volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.

    This new and historic £2 million backing will go towards supporting and improving the following important areas of Special Olympics GB’s work:

  • This Girl Can: Georgina Maton

    We caught up with Georgina Maton, who is one of five Equestrian athletes heading to Los Angeles this July to represent Special Olympics GB at the World Games.

    The 26 year old from Barnet goes to college twice a week and trains in St Albans. It has been clear for some time about her passion.

  • Students develop awareness campaigns for GB athletes to compete in L.A.

    Thanks to our corporate partner, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) students from across Great Britain took part in the Real Business Challenge and were tasked to develop a campaign to help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics GB athletes who are attending the World Summer Games in July. 

  • Under the skin of Cyclist Daniel Weston

    During last summer’s European Games, Special Olympics GB’s Daniel Weston met Eddy Merckx - the greatest cyclist ever and five time Tour de France winner.

    Daniel is one of over 100 Special Olympics Great Britain athletes heading to Los Angeles for the World Summer Games with 7,000 athletes from 177 other countries – and President Obama in attendance at the Opening Ceremony.

    Daniel now has his sights on a once in a lifetime World Games experience in Los Angeles.

  • Special Olympics Plymouth receive a brand new 'Comic Relief Red Plaque'

    We are delighted to share that Special Olympics Plymouth and District received a brand new ‘Comic Relief Red Plaque’ on Wednesday 18 February, one of more than 150 that are being provided by Comic Relief to projects across the South West.

    Round and red in an echo of the charity’s iconic Red Nose, the plaques aim to show how money raised by the public over the past 30 years is changing lives in towns and cities across the UK.

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