It’s here! The spotlight is about to fall on ten skilled athletes who are competing in the Special Olympics GB National Games, in Sheffield from Monday 7th– Saturday 12th August.

All the team use Grace Eyre and our Sports for All Sussex project, including Keith, Terry, Toby, Sue A, Sue S, Mario, Patrick, Chris, Harry and Fran, and they will compete in power lifting, boccia, short mat bowls, golf and table tennis. The athletes will be accompanied by local coaches who have supported them along the way.

Liz Bartlett, Grace Eyre’s Sports Development Project Manager, said:

"It's a great achievement for our athletes to be competing at this national level and we wish them the best of luck in Sheffield. This follows months of hard work in training and competition, and is well deserved."

Organisers of the Games describe how:

‘The event will attract around 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales. Through participation in this large national competition, people with a learning disability can acquire the confidence and social and life skills that will help their inclusion in society. The games also offer people the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference when coaching, officiating and volunteering at the event’.

Over four days of competition, the games will be supported by 800 coaches and 750 volunteers and 150 officials, and over 5,000 family members and friends in the stands will cheer on and celebrate these amazing athletes! Join in by cheering from wherever you are!