Special Olympics
Yorkshire & Humberside


In October 2007, 155 British Athletes with learning disabilities and 50 coaches, travelled to China to represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Over 7,000 athletes from 160 countries took part in 21 different sports, making it by far the biggest disability sporting event in the World that year.

The British squad competed in 16 different sports including: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Power lifting, Sailing, Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Tennis.

YHSO had 9 athletes in the GB squad including 3 footballers. The region also had four of its volunteers in the coaching/management team.

This was a truly spectacular event and the opening ceremony with its 110,000 attendence ensured that this this would live in our memories for many years to come.



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