The 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games took place in Athens, Greece from 25 June – 4 July 2011.

7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 180 nations and all ability levels competed in 22 Olympic-type sports.  25,000 volunteers were there to ensure the Games run smoothly.

Special Olympics Great Britain sent a team of 215 delegates to represent Great Britain in Athens, including:

  • 151 athletes
  • 53 volunteer head coaches and coaches
  • 6 Unified Partners and
  • 5 management and support staff

Special Olympics GB athletes competed in 17 sports – Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football (including Unified Football), Golf, Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Powerlifting, Sailing, Table Tennis and Tennis.

The 2011 GB Team received a Good Luck Message from UK's Primer Minister David Cameron.

Thank you to the Team Supporters

Each athlete competitor was required to raise £2,000 and each coach £1,000 to cover the £500,000 budget that was needed to fully train, equip and transport the team to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

A huge thank you to all the organisations that supported the 2011 Special Olympics GB Team, especially to:

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Crowne Plaza


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Mark & Spencer

Small Luxury Hotels

Our sincere thanks also goes to all those individuals around the country who supported their regions online.


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