SOS Go to Scotland

Suffolk Special Olympics athletes prepare to represent our region at
Anniversary Games in Scotland.

Four Ipswich badminton players will be amongst a select group of athletes who
will be competing at the forthcoming Special Olympics Anniversary Games. The
badminton players, together with three local athletes, will make up the Suffolk
contingent of ‘Team East’ at the Games which will be held in Stirling, Scotland
between 9 -13th August. The Games will consist of 3 full days of competition,
with 17 regions and nations from across the UK competing along with 5 visiting
teams from Europe.
The ‘Special Olympics’ are sport for athletes with an intellectual (learning)
disability, these Anniversary Games are a multi-sport event that is being held
to mark 50 years of Special Olympics worldwide and 40 years here in the UK.
The Anniversary Games will involve 1,400 athletes competing in 9 sports with
the support of over 500 volunteers all being cheered on by over 5,000 family
and friends throughout the 3 day event.
“We are really looking forward to supporting all of the Suffolk athletes and
badminton players at the Special Olympics Anniversary Games in Stirling”, said
Marilyn Andrews, one of the parents involved. “What an amazing opportunity
for all of our athletes to represent their county and region at such a prestigious
event! We hope that they enjoy every minute of it as they have all been
training so hard over the past few months. All of the families are so proud of all
of our Suffolk Special Olympians”.
The badminton team have been using Gainsborough Sports Centre for their
final preparations, with the support of Ipswich Borough Council.
“Ipswich Borough Council has continued supporting the badminton players
representing Special Olympics Suffolk as they train towards the Anniversary
Games in Stirling. It has been great to see the players working together as their
preparations build towards their big event in Scotland. All at Ipswich Borough
Council wish the badminton players and athletes the very best of luck and hope they all have a fantastic event,”

If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics Suffolk, please
contact Terry McEntee on 07775557784, visit the website at or email

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