Special Olympics offers year-round sport training and competition opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Special Olympics national programmes host local, regional and national competitions and take turns hosting European and World Games. These events promote respect, acceptance, inclusion and celebrate the abilities of people with learning disabilities.
Special Olympics Great Britain selects teams to compete in various sports at many of these events, giving British athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete abroad and represent their country.
Often the athletes selected have never had a chance to travel before, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the athletes, their families and carers.
In summer 2011, 215 members of the Special Olympics GB Team for the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens tested their skills and measured their progress against those of similar ability.
In 2013, a small but strong squad of Alpine Skiers will represent Great Britain at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in in PyeongChang, South Korea from 26 January – 6 February.
The charity will also send a GB team to the next World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles in 2015.
Every year our athletes also have a chance to represent Great Britain at Invitational Games hosted by other countries who have invited Great Britain to participate.
For information on sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation to the Special Olympics GB Teams,
please contact Karen Wallin.