Across England, Wales and Scotland, day in, day out, Special Olympics GB offers sport and meaningful competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
With the 2021 Special Olympics Winter World Games in 14 short months and the SOGB National Summer Games in Liverpool the likely highlight of 2021, preparations and crucial qualification opportunities in both winter and summer sports get underway in earnest in 2020.
Crans-Montana in Switzerland provides the spectacular backdrop as 90 athletes supported by 150 families, coaches and volunteers are all set to take to the slopes for a fabulous week of skiing action. With fun and friendship high on the agenda, the eye on the prize will most definitely be securing a place for the Winter World Games in Sweden in February 2021.
The same applies for the Special Olympics National Figure Skating competition in partnership with Inclusive Skating in January, getting the year off to a great start in Solihull.
Following on from the huge success of the Special Olympics Unified Mile, as part of the Vitality Westminster Mile in May, we are delighted to announce that Special Olympics GB will again have a dedicated wave in the 2020 event being held on Sunday May 24 in central London.
Last year was the first time Special Olympics GB took part and it was truly a wonderful day. With a mix of ages, backgrounds and abilities all running, walking, wheeling, skipping and in at least one case, dancing, it was quite a sight to see our red-shirted wave making their way around the iconic London course. (Sign-up details will be available towards the end of January. So please check out our website for further details.)
The action continues on the south coast where the Special Olympics Mayflower 400 Games will take place in April hosted by Special Olympics Plymouth & District. As the city of Plymouth celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, the Mayflower 400 Games will be the largest multi-sport Special Olympics event ever hosted in the South West. All the teams invited have some form of connection with the Mayflower voyage, including some international representations from Holland and the USA to share and celebrate the city of Plymouth with them.
Plus, for the first time, Special Olympics GB will be taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Test Games in February. A small team of figure skaters and coaches will head to Åre in Sweden to take part.
One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a fantastic year!
For more information on these events, plus details of all the other competitions in the calendar for 2020, visit: