Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.
Since the formation in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement. Special Olympics Great Britain (SO GB) has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through sport. There are currently 150 Special Olympics clubs in Great Britain, run by over 3,000 volunteers, and involving 8,000 athletes who benefit from our sports programme.
Special Olympics GB is a recognised member of the Olympic family with a unique role to play. The Paralympics provides sports competitions for elite level disabled athletes with physical and sensory disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, while Special Olympics fosters community sport year-round at all levels for those with intellectual disabilities.
We are delighted to welcome to the Inspire team the Special Olympics (SO) Peterborough Branch Co-ordinator Kay Greenaway to help support the growth of SO in Peterborough leading up to the SO Sheffield 2017 Games and beyond.
Special Olympics Peterborough has four important roles:
- Firstly, it gives the athletes a chance to be part of a team, to feel a sense of pride and achievement, to enjoy the success of winning, to learn to support each other in times of disappointment, and have aspirations to improve, develop and succeed.
- Secondly, it helps them to be fit and healthy.
- Thirdly, it helps them foster friendships and develop social skills.
- Fourthly, it is a support network for the parents sharing information and problem solving the many issues they have to face.
Apart from our level 2 lead coach, all our committee members, level 1 coaches and other helpers are volunteers and we rely entirely on charitable donations to fund the coaching costs, attend galas and to buy equipment for training as we want every athlete to have the opportunity to take part. Our group aim is to help athletes develop their techniques and train towards whatever goals they wish to try and achieve.
Specials Olympics has been active in Peterborough for around 30 years. There are seven local registered groups:- Aquatics, Athletics, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Gymnastics Artistic, Gymnastics Rhythmic, Powerlifting.
For the latest information on Gymnastics (Rhythmic and Artistic) and Powerlifting, or SO in general, please contact Kay Greenaway on firstname.lastname@example.org.