Thursday 5 September 2013

Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

On Saturday 31st August, a group of residents and co-workers from Camphill Milton Keynes went to see the Special Olympics which was held at the University of Bath. This was the country's largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, held every four years. Over three days of competition 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales could compete in many different sports including gymnastics, football, running, the long jump, table tennis and badminton.
There were 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities, 600 coaches, more than 3500 family members and supporters, 500 event volunteers, 120 sports officials and 17 regional delegations from across Great Britain.
The National Summer Games provides a life changing and inspirational opportunity for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to compete at a national level.
They also provide an opportunity to highlight the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities and support a shift in attitudes towards those with disabilities.
I thought that this was a fun day out.
Alex Fox

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