Special Olympics Suffolk Athletes excel at 2017 Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games
Posted: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:47
Twenty four Special Olympics Suffolk athletes represented the Eastern Region in the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games in Sheffield recently. The 13 competing teams represented Wales and the regions of England and Scotland. Taking part in the three sports of athletics, badminton and gymnastics Special Olympics Suffolk athletes came away with an impressive medal tally of 32 Gold, 23 Silver and 27 Bronze with eighteen 4th, six 5th, four 6th, four 7th and three 8th place ribbons. The Games were an amazing experience for all our athletes and indeed for the 7 coaches from Suffolk to whom much credit is due.
The Games, which are the largest multi-sport disability event to take place in Great Britain for people with an intellectual (learning) disability, involved 20 sports with 2,600 athletes and over 1000 officials and volunteers. The Opening Ceremony, which was held at Sheffield United's Bramhall Lane Stadium, was followed by four days competition. This was the first time that Suffolk athletes have had the opportunity to take part in the Games which are held every four years. All our athletes are determined to work hard to achieve the qualifying standards to be considered for selection for the 2021 Games
Badminton head coach, Mike McCarthy said ''Our players did a great job in their first National Games finishing the week on a high by winning a brilliant Silver Medal in the mixed doubles, an excellent achievement and a fitting reward for all their hard work''
Margaret Nicholls, athletics head coach said ''It is an experience the athletes will never forget – exceptional, enthusiastic team''
Gymnast Grace Beales said ''It was fun, exciting and joyful. Winning gold medals was fantastic and I can't wait for the next competition''
Terry McEntee, Chair of Special Olympics Suffolk says ''This experience and the achievements by our athletes has only been made possible by the continued efforts of parents, carers and coaches in particular at the lead clubs of Orwell Panthers Athletics Club, the ActivIpswich Project and Waveney Gymnastics Club. A big thank you also to the many people and organisations which did so much to raise the necessary funding in order to get the athletes to the Games. Well done to all''
The medals and other top 8 positions for Special Olympics Suffolk were spread across the 3 sports as follows. The 11 athletes won 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 9 Bronze medals with five 4th, five 5th, three 6th, three 7th and one 8th place ribbons. The 2 badminton players won 2 Bronze medals with the 11 gymnasts winning 26 Gold, 17 Silver and 18 Bronze medals and also twelve 4th, one 5th, one sixth, one 7th and one 8th place ribbons
For further information please contact Terry McEntee on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07775557784