SOS Badminton team prove hard work pays off

Suffolk Special Olympians amongst the badminton medals in Bournemouth

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Special Olympics badminton players from Suffolk were amongst the medals once again at the Southern Regional Tournament, which was held recently in Bournemouth.

Eight players from our county made the trip down to the south coast with five of them managing to come away with medals (three silver and two bronze), from the singles competitions.

Special Olympics, which is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability, is relatively new to our county with the Suffolk branch having only been established as recently as 2014.

“This tournament provided a great opportunity for our players to compete against Special Olympians from clubs across the country ranging from Birmingham to Cornwall,” said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.

“All of the players, coaches and supporters did a brilliant job of supporting each other throughout the inevitable ‘ups and downs’ of an event like this one. The players have put in a lot of hard work to be able to be competitive at this level, we are very proud of all of them,” added Mike.

This tournament was one of several that are organised as part of the Special Olympics calendar of events held across the country.

If you would like to find out more about playing badminton with

Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

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