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


Help Adam get to the 2019 SOGB World Games

About Adam:

Hi! I’m Adam and I have been selected to represent team GB in the 2019 Special Olympic games in Abu Dhabi! To be representing my country in track and field is a dream come true and something I have been working towards for the past 10 years. (That’s a lot of training sessions, a lot of pain and a lot of ice baths!)

Adam was born with a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome. The condition is characterized by mild to moderate learning disability, and heart and blood vessel problems. Adam has a narrowing of the aortic valve in his heart which made everyday life challenging growing up. When Adam was younger, he was told by doctors he would not be likely to live an active life because of the severity of his heart condition, yet here we are! At age 14, he was encouraged by his teachers at The Ashley School in Lowestoft, Suffolk, to pursue athletics and it wasn’t long before he was competing across the country, as well as overseas for team England and team GB, as well as representing The Eastern region regularly.

Athletics is now a major part of Adams life and he trains extensively everyday for his sport. Adam has overcome multiple challenges to get to this point, and he will soon be flying 8 hours (and flying on a plane for the very first time!) with the union jack worn proudly on his chest.

About the Special Olympics world summer games:

Similar to the Olympics, this is the pinnacle for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability to compete and achieve on the world stage. Unlike the olympics however, any qualifying athletes are required to fund the trip through their own means. Adam will be competing in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay. He 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 x 100m relay team which won bronze.

Why we need donations

Firstly, any amount given will help me reach my goal, and any support will be greatly appreciated! A little really can go a long way. Donations will go towards kit, accomodation, and travel expenses including physically getting to Adu Dhabi and squad training days held across the UK in the lead up to the games.

Suffolk Smashed it!


Special Olympics Badminton Tournament in Suffolk, a great
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 or visit the website at

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.


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:

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 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

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!