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

 

Lee Valley Competition Report

Ten athletes from Special Olympics Suffolk (SOS) competed in the Greater London Special Olympics Indoor Athletics Competition at Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Arena on Sunday 29th October. 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 non-scoring 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

Results for Special Olympics Suffolk (SOS) Athletes

Name                                  Event                            Performance             Position

Paul Mitchell                       60m                                     13.40                             4

Paul Mitchell                       Shot                                     3.75                                8

Oliver Carton                      200m                                   37.60                              5

Oliver Carton                  Long Jump                             2.66                                 4

Jordan Rednall                   60m                                     9.69                                  1

Jordan Rednall            Standing Long Jump               1.73                                  2

Hamish Crawford              60m                                     25.74                                5

Hamish Crawford              Shot                                    2.18                                   7

Montell Leslie                     60m                                    11.30                                 1

Montell Leslie                     Shot                                    8.92                                   4

Gavin Hamilton                  Shot                                    5.28                                   2

Gavin Hamilton         Standing Long Jump                1.42                                   2

Sean Brown                        60m                                     13.35                                 5

Sean Brown                Standing Long Jump                 0.80                                   6

Ben Brown                             200m                                 36.94                                 2

Ben Brown                             Shot                                   6.02                                   2

Oli Minns                                200m                                26.88                                  3

Oli Minns                                400                                    64.91                                  3

Adam Szucs                           60m                                   8.00                                     1

Adam Szucs                           200m                                27.41                                    4

In the non-scoring relays SOS was represented by Hamish, Montell, Paul, Jordan, Gavin and Sean in the 6 x 60m – also Oliver Carton, Ben Brown, Adam Szucs and Oli Minns represented SOS in the 4 x 200m

Congratulations to all athletes on their results. 

 

Waveney Gymnastics Competition

A big well done to all our athletes who competed on Sunday – Emily, Grace, Benjamin, Simon, Jason, Rudi and Jack.

The Disability Waveney Open competition was held last sunday 29th October 2017 at Waveney Gymnastics Club. This competition took place after a 3 day training camp for the gymnasts and coaches to attend to practice routines and learn new skills. The competition was a great success with smiles all round from the athletes. All our athletes who competed showed great sprint with clean, precise routines. Medals were presented for individual apparatus as well as all-round. Without the support of the judges, officials, coaches and parents this event would not have been possible, so a massive thanks needs to go these individuals.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts who took part. You all did so well.

SOS Badminton team prove hard work pays off

Suffolk Special Olympians amongst the badminton medals in Bournemouth

Cameron gets ready to serve
Team picture

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

The SOGB Eastern Region Team

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The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017 took place in the city of Sheffield 7th-12th August, 2017. The Eastern Region consists of six branches: SO East Herts; SO Essex; SO Norfolk, SO Peterborough, SO St.Albans and SO Suffolk. The Eastern team was the fourth largest delegation (261) which was made up of 179 athletes and 82 volunteer coaches/escorts, competing in 14 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics Artistic and Rhythmic, Judo, Netball, Powerlifting and Tennis.

This event is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities with around 2,600 athletes of all ages and abilities come together from across the country, supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 100 volunteers and 200 official and over 7,000 family and friends.

The opening ceremony was on the Tuesday evening with Tony Hadley headlining the event. The Eastern Region Team was the first delegation into the grounds leading the parade in the pouring rain! The weather didn’t dampen the spirits however.

Their final medal tally was 73 gold; 75 silver and 75 bronze medals with forty-five 4th, thirty-nine 5th, twenty-four 6th, seventeen 7th and seven 8th place ribbons.

The Basketball team (Herts Chiefs SO East Herts) returned home victorious as National Champions. Head Coach Jake Fisher said “the players were absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t be prouder.”

The Netball Team was a new squad of ladies who were selected from the SO East Herts and SO St. Albans Netball Clubs. They finished in 5th place and Head Coach Amy Gregg said “the ladies have worked really hard this year, and the improvement seen by us coaches, their families and friends has been massive. They all really enjoyed the experience and I am very proud of all of them.”

The Aquatics team was made up of 28 swimmers who brought home a clutch of medals: 14 gold,  16silver, 15 bronze, nine 4th, nine 5th, three 6th, and seven 7th place ribbons. Head Coach Janet Warrington said “there were many highlights but the 4x100m freestyle relay team has to be one of them, the boys had us on the edge of our seats and jumping up and down when they won the gold medal.”

The Athletics team had 41 athletes and they brought home 17 gold, 21 silver, 25 bronze medals, fourteen 4th, eighteen 5th, thirteen 6th, eight 7th and five 8th place ribbons. Margaret Nicholls Head Coach said “it is an experience the athletes will never forget – exceptional, enthusiastic team.”

The Boccia Team had 15 players bringing home 5 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze, three 4th, two 5th, three 6th and one 7th place ribbons. Head Coach Roy McGee said “it was a real privilege to be Head Coach alongside Assistant Coach Sam and the other nine fantastic volunteers whose help was so much appreciated by Sam and I. The athletes were a joy to work they all performed amazingly well and the medals and ribbons were well deserved.”

The Badminton team had 2 players winning a silver medal in the mixed doubles and 4th and 8th ribbons in their singles. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said “Kathy and Cameron, SO Suffolk athletes, are the first from the Eastern Region to compete in the badminton at the National Summer Games. They did a brilliant job against some very tough and experienced opposition. Winning the silver medal in the Mixed Doubles on the final day of competition was a great achievement and a fitting reward for all of their hard work. We are all very proud of both of them.”

The sport of Judo had one representative Skye Westwood from SO Suffolk who brought the gold medal home.

Equestrian had twelve athletes taking part bringing home 5 gold, 11 silver, 7 bronze, three 4th, seven 5th, and three 6th place ribbons.

 There were three football teams representing the Eastern Region winning silver medal, 4th and 6th. Head Coach Darren Hunter said “myself and the coaches are so proud of the efforts the lads put in over the 3 days of competition. We feel honoured to have brought back the first football Silver medal to the Eastern Region and we can’t wait to come back in four years’ time and do even better.”

The Eastern Golf Team of six players brought home 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, one 4th and one 5th place ribbon.

Gymnastics were represented in Artistic (13 athletes) and Rhythmic (1 athlete). In the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition Jennifer Goodwin from SO Peterborough came home with 3 silver, 1 bronze medal and one 4th place ribbon. The Artistic Gymnasts brought home a massive total of 26 gold, 17 silver, 18 bronze, twelve 4th, one 5th, one 6th, one 7th and one 8th place medals. Head Coach Ellen Hutchings asked three of the athletes about the Games: Jack Jacobs said “it was really good and I enjoyed it all in particular the party to celebrate the games finishing.” Ben O’Keefe said “I enjoyed the competition venue was good and meeting up with friends was brilliant. The parade for the opening ceremony was fun but loud!” and finally Grace Beales said “it was fun, exciting and joyful. Winning gold medals was fantastic and I can’t wait for the next competition.”

 The Eastern Tennis players were represented by brother and sister Michael and Kerry-Alice Hartnett, Oliver (Olly) Beadle and Sarah Simpson. Olly won the gold for the mens division one and Michael for mens division two. Kerry won bronze for ladies division 1 and Sarah bronze for ladies division two. In the mixed doubles Michael and Kerry-Alice had to play against team mates Olly and Sarah with the Hartnett’s winning the gold medal and Beadle and Simpson bringing home the bronze. Head Coach Jackie Insole said “the tennis team did the Eastern region proud once again at the national games, with medals for every one of the  6  events entered. I was very pleased with the way the team gelled, supported each other and their incredible sportsmanship towards other players.”

The Eastern Team was fully supported the whole way through by the Head of Delegation Lauren O’Leary and Assistant HOD Lucy Currie. Of the event Lauren O’Leary said “The past two years of planning and preparation ensuring our delegation can go to an event like the National Summer Games, has at times been a challenge, however, I wouldn’t change a thing. The atmosphere at the games is electric and the pride you feel being a part of a SOGB event is immense. I am very proud of all of the athletes, coaches and volunteers and would.

Overall Medal Table

Eastern Region Medal Tally
Sport G S B 4th 5th
Aquatics 14 16 15 9 9
Athletics 17 21 25 14 18
Badminton   1   1  
Basketball 1        
Boccia 5 3 4 3 2
Equestrian 5 11 7 3 7
Football   1   1  
Golf 1 1 2 1 1
Gymnastics – Artistic 26 17 18 12 1
Gymnastics – Rhythmic   3 1 1  
Judo 1        
Netball         1
Powerlifting   1      
Tennis 3   3    
TOTAL 73 75 75 45 39

 

THE SOGB EASTERN REGION TEAM

BASKETBALL                                                                      NETBALL

with Head Coach Jake Fisher                                                      with GB player George Fisher (Jake’s sister!)

AQUATICS                                                                                         GOLF

with Paralympic Champion Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE

 

FOOTBALL                                                                                  ATHLETICS

3 teams                                                                                                              (this group photo just Norfolk athletes)

GYMNASTICS – Artistic and Rhythmic                                                                        OPENING CEREMONY

Big thank you to Michael Lyons Photography (Norfolk) for the great photos throughout the week

 

 

The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017 took place in the city of Sheffield 7th-12th August, 2017. The Eastern Region consists of six branches: SO East Herts; SO Essex; SO Norfolk, SO Peterborough, SO St.Albans and SO Suffolk. The Eastern team was the fourth largest delegation (261) which was made up of 179 athletes and 82 volunteer coaches/escorts, competing in 14 sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics Artistic and Rhythmic, Judo, Netball, Powerlifting and Tennis.

This event is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities with around 2,600 athletes of all ages and abilities come together from across the country, supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 100 volunteers and 200 official and over 7,000 family and friends.

The opening ceremony was on the Tuesday evening with Tony Hadley headlining the event. The Eastern Region Team was the first delegation into the grounds leading the parade in the pouring rain! The weather didn’t dampen the spirits however.

Their final medal tally was 73 gold; 75 silver and 75 bronze medals with forty-five 4th, thirty-nine 5th, twenty-four 6th, seventeen 7th and seven 8th place ribbons.

The Basketball team (Herts Chiefs SO East Herts) returned home victorious as National Champions. Head Coach Jake Fisher said “the players were absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t be prouder.”

Head Coach Jake and Coach Max with the National Champions Eastern Basketball Team (Pool B)

The Netball Team was a new squad of ladies who were selected from the SO East Herts and SO St. Albans Netball Clubs. They finished in 5th place and Head Coach Amy Gregg said “the ladies have worked really hard this year, and the improvement seen by us coaches, their families and friends has been massive. They all really enjoyed the experience and I am very proud of all of them.”

Eastern Netball Team in action

 

The Aquatics team was made up of 28 swimmers who brought home a clutch of medals: 14 gold,  16

silver, 15 bronze, nine 4th, nine 5th, three 6th, and seven 7th place ribbons. Head Coach Janet Warrington said “there were many highlights but the 4x100m freestyle relay team has to be one of them, the boys had us on the edge of our seats and jumping up and down when they won the gold medal.”

Ben Beeby, Callum Hodgson, Kieran Neary and Scott Cleaver (4x100m freestyle relay team)

 The Athletics team had 41 athletes and they brought home 17 gold, 21 silver, 25 bronze medals, fourteen 4th, eighteen 5th, thirteen 6th, eight 7th and five 8th place ribbons. Margaret Nicholls Head Coach said “it is an experience the athletes will never forget – exceptional, enthusiastic team.”

 

The Boccia Team had 15 players bringing home 5 gold medals, 3 silver and 4 bronze, three 4th, two 5th, three 6th and one 7th place ribbons. Head Coach Roy McGee said “it was a real privilege to be Head Coach alongside Assistant Coach Sam and the other nine fantastic volunteers whose help was so much appreciated by Sam and I. The athletes were a joy to work they all performed amazingly well and the medals and ribbons were well deserved.”

Eastern Boccia Team in action

 

The Badminton team had 2 players winning a silver medal in the mixed doubles and 4th and 8th ribbons

 

in their singles. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said “Kathy and Cameron, SO Suffolk athletes, are the first from the Eastern Region to compete in the badminton at the National Summer Games. They did a brilliant job against some very tough and experienced opposition. Winning the silver medal in the Mixed Doubles on the final day of competition was a great achievement and a fitting reward for all of their hard work. We are all very proud of both of them.”

Kathy and Cameron

The sport of Judo had one representative Skye Westwood from SO Suffolk who brought the gold medal home.

Skye with Head Coach (proud dad) Trevor Powerlifting also had one representative Daniel McGauley from SO Essex who brought home a silver medal.

Daniel McGauley – Powerlifting

Equestrian had twelve athletes taking part bringing home 5 gold, 11 silver, 7 bronze, three 4th, seven 5th, and three 6th place ribbons.

 

There were three football teams representing the Eastern Region winning silver medal, 4th and 6th. Head Coach Darren Hunter said “myself and the coaches are so proud of the efforts the lads put in over the 3 days of competition. We feel honoured to have brought back the first football Silver medal to the Eastern Region and we can’t wait to come back in four years’ time and do even better.”

Eastern Region Football Team – silver medal winners

 

The Eastern Golf Team of six players brought home 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze, one 4th and one 5th place ribbon.

Eastern Region Golf in action

 

Gymnastics were represented in Artistic (13 athletes) and Rhythmic (1 athlete). In the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition Jennifer Goodwin from SO Peterborough came home with 3 silver, 1 bronze medal and one 4th place ribbon. The Artistic Gymnasts brought home a massive total of 26 gold,

 

17 silver, 18 bronze, twelve 4th, one 5th, one 6th, one 7th and one 8th place medals. Head Coach Ellen Hutchings asked three of the athletes about the Games: Jack Jacobs said “it was really good and I enjoyed it all in particular the party to celebrate the games finishing.” Ben O’Keefe said “I enjoyed the competition venue was good and meeting up with friends was brilliant. The parade for the opening ceremony was fun but loud!” and finally Grace Beales said “it was fun, exciting and joyful. Winning gold medals was fantastic and I can’t wait for the next competition.”

 

The Eastern Tennis players were represented by brother and sister Michael and Kerry-Alice Hartnett, Oliver (Olly) Beadle and Sarah Simpson. Olly won the gold for the mens division one and Michael for mens division two. Kerry won bronze for ladies division 1 and Sarah bronze for ladies division two. In the mixed doubles Michael and Kerry-Alice had to play against team mates Olly and Sarah with the Hartnett’s winning the gold medal and Beadle and Simpson bringing home the bronze. Head Coach Jackie Insole said “the tennis team did the Eastern region proud once again at the national games, with medals for every one of the  6  events entered. I was very pleased with the way the team gelled, supported each other and their incredible sportsmanship towards other players.”

Kerry-Alice, Michael, Sara, Olly and Jackie

 

The Eastern Team was fully supported the whole way through by the Head of Delegation Lauren O’Leary and Assistant HOD Lucy Currie. Of the event Lauren O’Leary said “The past two years of planning and preparation ensuring our delegation can go to an event like the National Summer Games, has at times been a challenge, however, I wouldn’t change a thing. The atmosphere at the games is electric and the pride you feel being a part of a SOGB event is immense. I am very proud of all of the athletes, coaches and volunteers and would

like to personally thank Lucy Currie for being a brilliant Assistant HOD and for sorting out the whole of the Eastern Region’s kit!”

 

“The next National Summer Games will be in 2021, and we are now just waiting to see which city it will be held in.”

Neil Ward Founder of SOEH, Lauren O’Leary HOD, Andre Hagley-King (Boccia gold medallist) and Lucy Currie

Eastern Region Medal Tally
Sport G S B 4th 5th
Aquatics 14 16 15 9 9
Athletics 17 21 25 14 18
Badminton 1 1
Basketball 1
Boccia 5 3 4 3 2
Equestrian 5 11 7 3 7
Football 1 1
Golf 1 1 2 1 1
Gymnastics – Artistic 26 17 18 12 1
Gymnastics – Rhythmic 3 1 1
Judo 1
Netball 1
Powerlifting 1
Tennis 3 3
TOTAL 73 75 75 45 39

 

AHOD at Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool, Sheffield