One year on from the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, disability sport has received a boost after Sport England announced £190,000 of National Lottery funding for this year’s Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.
Over three days, more than 1,700 disabled athletes from England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the Games, competing in 12 sporting disciplines – athletics, badminton, boccia, bowls, football, golf, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, ten-pin bowling and tennis.
Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “Sport England is very pleased to be working with the Special Olympics to offer athletes the opportunity to realise their potential and experience the thrill of competing in a major multi- sport event.
“We are strongly committed to making sport a practical choice for many more disabled people, and hope that the Special Olympics in Bath will encourage many more young people with intellectual disabilities to get involved in sport. I wish everyone taking part this week the best of luck, and hope they come away with some wonderful memories.”
Karen Wallin, Chief Executive Special Olympics GB said “We are delighted that Sport England has joined Special Olympics GB as Games Partner for our 2013 National Summer Games. We are passionate about the power of sport to transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities Special Olympics GB provides year-round sports training and competition through 150 clubs across the country and we know that our athletes benefit in having improved levels of confidence and self-esteem. Having the support of Sport England for what will be the largest multi-sports disability event of the year is very welcome.”
Held every four years, the 2013 National Summer Games are taking place at the University of Bath until the 1 September.