Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games
7TH -12TH AUGUST 2017
The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017 took place in the city of Sheffield. 5 swimmers, 1 athlete and 1 rhythmic gymnast with 3 coach/escorts and 1 volunteer from Special Olympics Peterborough had the wonderful experience of representing The Special Olympic Eastern Region Team the fourth largest delegation.
The event is the country’s largest multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities with around 2,600 athletes of all ages and abilities coming together over 4 days of competition and supported by 800 coaches, 100 volunteers and 200 officials and 7,000 family friends.
The opening ceremony was held at Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United Football Team, with Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet fame headlining the event. The Eastern Region had the honour of being the first delegation into the arena leading the parade in the pouring rain! The weather didn’t dampen the spirits and the excitement and atmosphere around the ground was tremendous.
The atmosphere in the pool was amazing and Swimmers Robert Bates, Ben and Matt Beeby, Ryan Clark and William Roberts did us proud. With four days of hard competition they came away with 5 gold 2 silver and 1 bronze medal, all receiving at least one medal.
Athlete Charlotte Cox was competing in the Athletics in the A stream of her events. Charlotte was 7th in her 100m and 7th in her 200m but ended the week off with a magnificent Gold in the 4 x100m relay.
Jennifer Goodwin was the lone representative for the Eastern Region in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She performed routines in Ribbon and Clubs where she won silver, Rope where she won Bronze. In Hoop she came 4th and a silver in the overall competition.
Jennifer was supported by her coach Fran Raymond who had never experienced a Special Olympic National Games.
On her return her mum said Fran had had an amazing and life-changing experience one she will never forget, a feeling everyone who had been part of the week would agree with. Here’s to the next games in 2021!!