CEO Michelle Carney Blog - July 5

5th July 2019

Welcome to my weekly blog - which will give you a little insight into what we are up to at the Special Olympics GB National office. 
The last week or so has been an interesting and exciting one! We hosted a World Summer Games reunion over the weekend in Liverpool.  It was so great to catch up again with all our athletes, volunteers, coaches and family members. There was so much fun and laughter all weekend, reminiscing about the incredible experience we shared in Abu Dhabi.  The dance floor was full all night, and many of our athletes even treated us to their singing talents!  
There was a lot of silliness with me and Andrea (Assistant Head of Delegation) chatting via the 'banana phone' and we all took part in a Race around Liverpool - where teams had a series of challenges to complete, including taking selfies at various famous statues around the city and talking to the general public to tell them all about Special Olympics.  Thankfully the sun was shining, and our teams made quite a sight across this great city in their GB kit.  There were a few tears at the end of the weekend, but we have committed to ensuring that this is not the end of the journey and every one in the room is a champion and advocate for Special Olympics GB and will inspire the next generation.  I absolutely LOVED the weekend and love sharing these experiences with the athletes. My dance moves on the other hand........  !!
On Monday evening, I had a great meeting in Parliament.  Some really positive discussions with Tracey Crouch MP and Chris Heaton-Harris.  Both are huge supporters of Special Olympics and have committed to trying to help us grow and develop.  It will be amazing if we can make progress with some of the things we talked this space! 
I was also honoured to be invited to the stunning Godmersham Park in Kent, which was the setting for the Invictus Cup - a fundraising dinner for Young Lives Foundation and for the creation of Special Olympics Kent.  I delivered a presentation and showed some videos of our athletes.  Lots of people came up to tell me how inspired they were and asked how they could help.  
It's really important that we continue to share our story and tell as many people as possible about the amazing work of Special Olympics GB.  We are still the best kept secret in Great Britain, but we are starting to change that! 
Have a great weekend everyone! 

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