Elizabeth HaywardA Special Olympics GB athlete from Plymouth – who will be heading to Bath in August for the National Games – has been invited to the House of Commons today to celebrate her recent sporting achievements.  Elizabeth Hayward, 20, will be competing in her specialist sport badminton for the South West region at the 2013 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.

Elizabeth is a member of Special Olympics Plymouth & District club and in September last year was entered into the four nations badminton competition in Cardiff.  She won a Gold and Silver medal in her first ever competition.

Next week’s visit to the capital is a trip Elizabeth will never forget.  Elizabeth (pictured below) is travelling to London on the 19th March and is having tea at the Ritz Hotel followed by a tour of this prestigious venue.

On the following day, Elizabeth is visiting Gary Streeter MP and the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon (also Special Olympics Plymouth & District Patron) at the House of Commons.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

Almost 1.2 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability.  In this country, Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) serves over 8,000 registered athletes annually through almost 150 volunteer-led local clubs and 19 regions.

Special Olympics GB is a registered charity, receives no regular central funding and relies on support from individuals and corporate donations.

For further details please contact Elizabeth’s mother, Elaine, on 01752493120 or Alan Stockdale, Chairman Special Olympics Plymouth & District 01752408271/07539292383.