Suffolk Smashed it!

 

Special Olympics Badminton Tournament in Suffolk, a great
success!
The second Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament
was held recently in Ipswich and has been hailed as a great success by
players and coaches alike. The tournament, which was organised by
Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk
County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, involved 25 players from
as far afield as Bournemouth, Southampton, Lincoln and Exeter as well
as our own local Suffolk players.

The standard of play was excellent throughout the day with some very
tight matches deciding the final medal placings.
“Special Olympics, which is sport for athletes with an intellectual
disability, is relatively new to Suffolk with the local branch having only
been established as recently as 2014. Special Olympics Suffolk currently
focusses upon badminton, athletics and gymnastics.
“This tournament provided a great opportunity for our local badminton
players to compete with and against Special Olympians from other
clubs across the country, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and
Special Olympics Suffolk.

“We have had such positive feedback from the players, coaches and
volunteers at the event. The volunteers that supported this event have
been absolutely brilliant, huge thanks must go to them as events like
these simply wouldn’t take place if it wasn’t for the volunteers who
organise and deliver them”, added Mike.
The tournament served as one of the last opportunities for selected
players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB National Anniversary
Games, which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August. “Four of
our Suffolk players will be taking their places in the Eastern Region
team for Stirling, we wish them well”, said Terry McEntee, Chairman
of Special Olympics Suffolk.

If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics Suffolk,
please contact Terry McEntee on 07775557784 or email
terrymcentee474@gmail.com or visit the website at
http://www.specialolympicssuffolk.org

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Come cheer on our athletes!

This Saturday the 12th May at Suffolk One, the Special Olympics Eastern Region
Badminton Tournament will take place. This has been organised by Special Olympics
Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council
‘Most Active County’ initiative. The day will start at 10am and finish with an awards ceremony at 4pm. Please come and support our athletes as they have worked so hard. The day will be really exciting for all spectators.

This will also be a great event for those players who will be representing the Eastern Region in the 2018 SOGB Anniversary Games in Stirling August 9th to 13th.

Schedule:

10.00am: Opening Ceremony 1.30pm: Afternoon session starts

10.30am: Morning session starts 4.00pm: Medal Presentations

 

Suffolk athletes selected for the 2018 Special Olympics Great Britain Anniversary Games

A number of Special Olympics Suffolk athletes and badminton players have been selected to represent the Eastern Region in the 2018 Special Olympics Great Britain Anniversary Games which take place in Stirling from 9th to 14th August

The Games, marking the 50th Anniversary of the global Special Olympics movement and 40th Anniversary of being established in Britain, will feature teams from all regions of England, Scotland and Wales in addition to a number of European countries. Following on from last year’s National Summer Games, this will be the first taste of international competition for our team members and an exciting experience both within and outside the competition arena

This requires a lot of preparation not only for the athletes who are training hard but also for Special Olympics Suffolk and the athletes’ families and friends in raising the necessary funding to get them there

To help with this a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page has been set up on which donations may be made directly through the following link:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=5957&charityId=1012904

Alternatively individuals, organisations or businesses wishing to contribute through other means or to have an informal conversation may make contact with Terry McEntee, Chair Special Olympics Suffolk at terrymcentee474@gmail.com or 07775557784

Any donation which you may be able to make will be greatly appreciated

 

Local Special Olympians fly the flag for Suffolk

 

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

Eleven players from our county made the trip across to the midlands
with eight of them managing to come away with top three placings (two
gold, three silver and three bronze), from the doubles events.
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 is the biggest badminton team that we have taken to a
tournament outside of Suffolk,” said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives
and Special Olympics Suffolk.
“All of our players continue to put in a lot of hard work every week 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. The next
badminton tournament on the national calendar will be held here in
Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
If you would like to find out more about that event or about playing
badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike
McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Athletes take badminton by storm

 

Last month we had our badminton athletes who attended the Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield ‘Random Doubles’ Badminton Tournament. The tournament was an excellent addition to the athletes training and a chance for them to play and compete with other players.

Out of the 11 players who attended the competition,  we came home with 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals. As importantly, 3 of our players really stood out in helping their partners to deal with the event. All of the players were paired with partners from other clubs.

A huge well done to all the athletes!

SAVE THE DATE

This July we will be running the gymnastics training camp in preparation for the completion on Sunday 29th July. The training days will take place from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th July 2018. As per previous years you can enter both the training camp and competition or just one or the other. The competition is open to gymnasts competing British Gymnastics Disability Code of Points level Open, A and B and Special Olympics Level B, 1 and 2. The training camp are long days, so we advise that gymnasts are prepared for this, however it is great fun for all involved!

 

For more information please use the contact form below.

 

 

Alex Row represented Suffolk in the 2019 World Games

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Special Olympics Suffolk is proud to announce that Adam Szucs is one of two Suffolk athletes to be selected to represent Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) in the 2019 World Summer Games which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 14th to 21st March. He will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. Similar to the Olympics, this is the pinnacle for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability to compete and achieve on the world stage

Adam, who lives in Lowestoft, has competed in numerous Special Olympics and able bodied competitions across the east region and midlands over the past few years. His qualification for SOGB selection was achieved through medal winning performances while representing the Eastern Region at the 2017 SOGB National Summer Games in Sheffield. At the Games he won gold in the 100m and bronze in both the 200m and long jump. He was also a member of the 4 x 100m relay team which won bronze

This is the first time that Special Olympics Suffolk will be represented at the World Summer Games. Great credit is due not only to Adam but also to his coaches and family who have provided him with the necessary support over the years. A just reward for hard work combined with undoubted talent

Special Olympics Suffolk, together with Adam’s network of family and friends are now faced with raising the necessary funding to cover costs of getting there and competing in the Games. A Virgin Money Giving fundraising page has been set up on which donations may be made directly through the following link

Alternatively individuals, organisations or businesses wishing to contribute through other means or to have an informal conversation may make contact through his father Chris Szucs via Email at suchiesnew@aol.com or phone 07539370334

This will be a life changing experience for Adam and an opportunity for him realise his dream of representing GB at the highest level. Any donation which you may be able to make will be greatly appreciated by Adam

 

Please support Alex and Donate via the link below:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=5828&charityId=1012904