About the Games
Over 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities gathered in the city of Bath in summer of 2013 to compete in 12 sports.
28 August – 1 September
What are the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games?
The country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, held every four years. Our 9th National Summer Games was held in the city of Bath from 28 August to 01 September 2013.
Over three days of competition 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales competed in 12 sports. The events were free for the public to attend, therefore we invited you to come along, cheer on our athletes and discover why Special Olympics transforms the life of people with intellectual disabilities through sport.
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Did you know?
The National Summer Games are organised by Special Olympics Great Britain, a charity that provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities) in England, Scotland and Wales.
The charity currently serves 8,000 athletes. Over 1.2 million people in Great Britain have an intellectual disability – the largest impairment group that exists.
Who was involved?
- 1,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities.
- 600 coaches
- 3,500+ family members and supporters
- 500 event volunteers
- 120 sports officials
- 17 regional delegations from across Great Britain
Why are the National Summer Games important?
- The National Summer Games provides a life changing and inspirational opportunity for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to compete at a national level
- They provide an opportunity to highlight the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities and support a shift in attitudes towards those with disabilities
- Being part of a Special Olympics National Summer Games helps to counteract the isolation experienced by people with intellectual disabilities (*)
- Participation in the event also helps people with intellectual disabilities develop self-esteem, which is an important factor in coping with life, especially bullying (*)
- The National Summer Games provides a forum for developing greater awareness and lasting relationships between disabled and non-disabled people
- They also offer a platform to develop the skills of new coaches and can help prepare them for what can be expected at a World Games
(*)Findings of the Learning Disability, Sport and Legacy Report produced by the University of Leicester and De Montfort University (DMU) for the 2009 National Summer Games.
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