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Twin sisters skate to Special Olympics success for the US

by Pablo Martinez Dorado, AIPS Young Reporter, Spain GRAZ, March 21, 2017 – As a child, Sharita Taylor, now 26, was diagnosed with autism and had little chance of walking normally, let alone find success in sport. However, instead of giving up and with the support of her family, she and twin sister Shaye discovered a passion when they were ... Read More »

Healthy Athletes: 20 years providing free medical treatment at Special Olympics

by Pablo Martinez Dorado, AIPS Young Reporter, Spain Sometimes, when athletes are competing in major events such as the Special Olympics, basics such as proper medical treatment in their home countries are taken for granted. However, this can be a difficult challenge in areas where incomes are modest or visiting a doctor regularly is not a priority. More than 200m ... Read More »

Special Olympics GB’s ‘Play Unified’ film

The new Special Olympics GB ‘Play Unified’ campaign is part of the global movement’s aim to break down barriers for young people with intellectual disabilities. The Youth Summits are a key component and these special events across the country have helped to launch Play Unified – a new Special Olympics GB campaign delivered in partnership with national charity the Youth ... Read More »

Teen gymnasts with learning difficulties given £2,770 by Crewe car dealer

TWO teenage gymnasts with learning disabilities were given £2,770 from a Mitsubishi dealer in Crewe to help them get to next year’s Special Olympics World Summer Games. Sophie Hughes, 13, of Crewe, and Felicity Martin, 18, of Wistaston, were given the generous donation to help them meet their £5,000 target so they can represent Great Britain in the rhythmic gymnastics category in ... Read More »

PM praises disabled athletics team ahead of games

A GROUP of athletes with intellectual disabilities heading out to compete in Europe has shown how “wonderful” it is for Britain to unite as one team, David Cameron has said. The GB Special Olympics team is joining around 2,000 competitors in the European Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, to 
go head-to-head across ten sports. Hosting a reception for the athletes ... Read More »

Thousands Raised At Dealership For Girls’ Special Olympic Dream

A LADIES’ Night held at a Mitsubishi dealership in Crewe has raised some £3,000 to help send two teenage girls to the Special Olympics World Summer Games next year. The Grenson Motor Company, at Marshfield Bank Employment Park in Middlewich Road, held the event last Friday (18th July) in aid of a fund for Sophie Hughes, 13, of Alton Street, Crewe, ... Read More »

Athletes shine at Special Olympics GB National Games

Described by organisers as the Games with the biggest smile, the Special Olympics GB National Games in Bath saw 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the UK come together to take part in a dozen sporting disciplines.  Read More »

500th volunteer signed up for Special Olympics National Summer Games

Hosted by the University of Bath in August and September this year, the Special Olympics National Summer Games which are held every four years cater for athletes with intellectual disabilities. More than 1,700 are expected to take part, across twelve sports. Find out more here Read More »

Special Olympics GB seeks volunteers for Bath event

The search has begun for 500 volunteers to help the Special Olympics GB’s ninth national games run smoothly. The sporting event for people with learning disabilities is being hosted by the University of Bath this year and will run from 28 August to 1 September. Read More »

Colin Farrell Opens Up About Son’s Disabilities

Though he’s weathered his share of ups and downs in Hollywood and in life, nothing prepared Colin Farrell for bringing up his eldest son, James, who suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder. In an interview for the December issue of InStyle, Farrell said he “nearly broke in half” when James, now 9, took his first steps. Read More »

Special Olympics athlete with Downs syndrome pens open letter to Ann Coulter after she calls President Obama a ‘retard’

Conservative political commentator and constant provocateur Ann Coulter sparked outrage when she referred to President Obama as a ‘retard’ after the third and final debate.  Her harsh Twitter message was greeted with a thoughtful, lengthy open letter from a Special Olympics athlete who condemned her actions in the kindest way.  John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old athlete with Downs Syndrome, wrote ... Read More »