Special Olympics GB announces Anniversary Games

15th December 2017

Special Olympics GB announces Anniversary Games

Hosted by Special Olympics Scotland in Stirling August 2018  

Special Olympics GB is delighted to announce it is staging a very special Anniversary Games, hosted by Special Olympics Scotland which will be held in Stirling, Scotland in August 2018.

The Anniversary Games will celebrate both Special Olympics GB's 40th birthday (SOGB was founded in 1978) and also the 50th birthday of the worldwide Special Olympics global movement (set up in 1968 by President JFK’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver).

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities in England, Scotland and Wales and was founded in 1978.

The Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games will involve approximately 1,200 athletes and 400 coaches and officials.  As well as athletes from all GB Regions, a number of European countries will be invited to take part in the Games.

All athletes and coaches will be accommodated on campus at the University of Stirling. 

An estimated 2,500 family members will attend these Games and access to all sports will be free to the public. 

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “We are delighted that the University of Stirling will host the Special Olympics Anniversary Games in August 2018.

“As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, Stirling is proud to be affiliated with this event, which celebrates the excellent work of the Special Olympics in transforming lives through the joy of sport while striving to end discrimination.

“At Stirling, we’re proud that the work of our staff, students and alumni makes a tangible difference to people’s lives around the world – and that’s clearly a passion we share with Special Olympics.  As a keen sports fan, I am looking forward to seeing some of the wide range of sports – including swimming, cycling, football and table tennis.

“We look forward to giving the 1,200 athletes, their families, support staff and fans a warm Stirling welcome when they arrive on campus next year.”

All sports will be based at the University of Stirling - other than the golf competition - and will include:

Table Tennis

Plus a special ‘Play Unified’ event – activity of athletes with and without learning disability playing and competing together.

The Games will also include a Fan Zone, a Healthy Athletes’ Programme and a Family Zone housed in marquees in the University of Stirling.  There will be a Games Opening Ceremony and a Closing Ceremony.

Timetable - Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games 2018

Thursday 9th August - Arrival / Opening Ceremony
Arrival of Teams and Opening Ceremony

Friday 10th August - Divisioning & Sports Competition - Day 1 

Saturday 11th August - Sports Competition - Day 2

Sunday 12th August - Competition & Closing Ceremony Day 3
Closing Ceremony 

Monday 13th August - Teams depart

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