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!


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


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:



Two Athletes Selected for World Summer Games

Special Olympics Suffolk is proud to announce that Two athletes have been 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.

Adam Szucs and Hetty Bartlett have both been selected to attend the 2019 games, please see the links below to read their story and support them on this great journey to the 2019 World Summer Games.

Read Their Stories:

Adam Szucs


Hetty Bartlett


Come Support our Athletes in 2018

Next year we are taking our Badminton athletes to a few events. Add these dates to your diary and Come and support them.


Special Olympics Sutton Coldfield ‘Random Doubles’ Badminton Tournament on Saturday 24 March 2018 from 09.00-17.00 at Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock.

SO Eastern Region Badminton Doubles Tournament on Saturday 12th May, 2018, 09.30-17.00 at Suffolk One in Ipswich (We are on the hunt for volunteers for this one).

Athletics – Northgate Track – May/June – TBC
Gymnastics Waveney Gymnastics Club – 29th July


Athletes take London by storm

Ten athletes from Special Olympics Suffolk (SOS) travelled to Lee Valley Athletics Arena to compete in the 2017 Greater London Special Olympics Indoor Athletics Competition. Although this is the third time for most of the athletes, for three athletes Gavin, Sean and Ben this was a first. With competitors from across the south of England, the standard of competition was very high. To their credit the SOS athletes came away with 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. In addition, with four 4th place finishes narrowly missing out on the medals, the trip to Lee Valley was very successful with the athletes, team managers, parents and supporters having a very productive and enjoyable day

As is standard for Special Olympics competition the athletes competed in divisions appropriate to their declared entry performances. With respect to individual performances Paul was 4th in the 60m and 8th in the Shot, Oliver came 4th in the Long Jump and 5th in the 60m, Jordan 1st in the 60m and 2nd in the Standing Long Jump, Hamish 5th in the 60m and 7th in the Shot, Montell 1st in the 60m and 4th in the Shot, Gavin 2nd in the Shot and 2nd in the Standing Long Jump, Sean 5th in the 60m and 6th in the Standing Long Jump, Ben 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in the Shot, Oli 3rd in the 200m and 3rd in the 400m and Adam 1st in the 60m and 4th in the 200m. In the relays SOS was represented by Hamish, Montell, Paul, Jordan, Gavin and Sean in the 6 x 60m and by Oliver, Ben, Adam and Oli in the 4 x 200m

This was an excellent finish to the 2017 Track & Field season for our SOS athletes, with the highlight for most of them being taking part for the first time in the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games in Sheffield. Now it’s down to winter training and getting ready for the 2018 season

For information on Special Olympics Suffolk please contact Terry McEntee on terrymcentee474@gmail.com