Wednesday 5th November 2014
Special Olympics launches in Suffolk
After months of hard work, the Special Olympics Suffolk Action Group, a team of dedicated volunteers, announce the Launch of Special Olympics, a first for Suffolk. This will bring new coaching and competition opportunities for people with an intellectual (learning) disability across the county.
The occasion will be marked with an Official Launch Event on Sunday 16th November at Waveney Gymnastics Club in Lowestoft. The day will also include Special Olympics Suffolk’s first gymnastics competition. An athletics competition has already taken place in Ipswich in September and some of those athletes will be present at the Launch
Special Olympics Suffolk will not only promote opportunities for participation by people with an intellectual disability but also through coaching and competition provide a pathway to national and international competition with National and World Games on a 4 year cycle as for the Olympics and Paralympics
Crucial to success will be continued promotion and engagement through a wide range of partners such as education, the public sector, community organisations and the Suffolk media. Apart from being a participant, everyone in the community will have the opportunity to become involved in areas such as helping at a sports club, volunteering at an event or indeed contributing to behind the scenes organisation with activities such as fund raising, marketing and administration
Murton Mann, Chair of Special Olympics Great Britain says: ‘On behalf of Special Olympics GB, and from a personal point of view living here in our wonderful county of Suffolk, I would like to wish everyone involved in Special Olympics Suffolk every success. Congratulations and thank you to all those who have been involved in bringing Special Olympics to the county – the start of more opportunities for training, competition, personal development and fun for people in Suffolk with an intellectual disability and their families’