Special Olympics GB announces team for World Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi

15th March 2018

Special Olympics GB is delighted to announced its team for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The World Summer Games is the biggest global event for Special Olympics every four years. For this World Games, #TeamSOGB will be sending a delegation of 129 athletes (125 Special Olympics GB athletes and 4 unified partners) to the #AbuDhabi2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games to take part in 17 sports. They will be part of around 7,000 other athletes with learning disabilities from around the globe. The 15th Special Olympics World Summer Games will be take place from 14th – 21st March 2019. Special Olympics GB will be one of 168 countries taking part. Special Olympics is for athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities – including autism, Down’s Syndrome and other learning disabilities.

The list of Special Olympics GB athletes selected for the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019 is as follows:


Henrietta Bartlett (Suffolk), Darren Carruthers (Bearsden, Glasgow), Rosa Huntingdon (Saffron Walden, Essex),  Hannah Kemp (Surrey), Tammara McIlwean (Annan), Margaret Newell (Wishaw, Glasgow), Adam Szucs (Suffolk), Alexander Thomson (Hamilton)


Kerry Duncan (Perth, Scotland), James Wyatt (Smalley, Derbyshire)

Basketball (Female)

Hannah Charnley (Brecon, Wales), Ashleyann Fleming (South Lanarkshire), Julie Freestone (Leicester), Abigail Gray (Rutland), Emma Hibbert (Glossop), Justine Kerr (Glasgow), Tonisha Roberts (Sheffield), Charlotte Weston (Cornwall), Sophie Widdowson (Chesterfield), Leanne Woolfe (Rutherglen)

Basketball (Male)

Daniel Bernard (Watford), Samuel Burton (Rutland), Tommy Davies (Swansea, Wales), Damir Davis (Hertfordshire), Adrian Harper (Cornwall), Neil Hartley (Bradford), Harrison Herbert (Hertfordshire), Adam Lynch (Hertford), Myles Sanderson (Barnsley), Samuel Scott (Glasgow)


Zoe Irving (Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway), David Carlin (Perth, Tayside)


Ruairidh Brown (East Kilbride), Kiera Byland (Bolton), Ella Curtis (Bradford), Petros Ford Spathas (Surrey), Alistair Graham (Hamilton), Ben Jacob (Surrey), Derek McKenzie (Parkhall, Glasgow), Leanne Peters (Glasgow), Natalie Salter (Surrey), Paul Scott (Dundee), Daniel Weston (Exeter, Devon), Luke Worgan (Surrey)


Thomas Miller (St Albans), James Reed-Griffiths (Keighley), Marie Stuart (Inverurie, Aberdeenshire), Lucy Warne (Royston), T-Jay Wilson (Keighley), Kristen Wrate (Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire)


Ryan Anstey (Chester-le-street), Steven Johnson (Cleveland), Stephen Law-Bate (Runcorn), Liam Lister (Sunderland), Joe McKenzie (Inverness), Ross Sinclair (Glasgow), Derek Taylor (Glasgow), Thomas Ward (St Albans), Sean McCulloch (Glasgow), Reece Johnson (Billericay), Jack Wells (Southend-on-Sea)


William Cottrell (London), Caitlin Dodds (Edinburgh), William Fairweather (Arbroath), Robert Holden (Rossendale), Mark Rhodes (Bradford), Andrew Stuart (Dunblane), Warren Clark (Southampton), Nicholas Silver (London)

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Shane Baxter (Norwich), Aaron Bonnar (St Helier), Emily Crilly (Coventry), Lauren Douce (Gainsborough), Alistair Kemley (Glasgow), Sean Jewitt (Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland), Matthew Kirkland (Grouville, Jersey), Andrew Macintyre (Bridge of Weir), Bethany Paull (Gwent, Wales), Cailiegh Quail (St Helier), Bella Van Velsen (Glasgow), Jessica Vieira (St Saviour, Jersey)

Gymnastics (Rhythmic)

Amy Clark (Glasgow), Mica Hoare (Middlesbrough, Cleveland), Caroline Jennison (Middlesbrough), Alison Mackenzie (Renfrewshire), Jannette Sharpe (Milton Keynes), Elizabeth Williams (Horndean, Hampshire)


Philip Brodie (Livingston), Daniel Henaghan (Whitley Bay), Denise Henaghan (Whitley Bay), Liam Duhig (Hersham, Surrey), Harrison Lovett (Johnstone, Glasgow), Christopher Murphy (Glasgow), Skye Westwood (Aylesbury)


Steven Dodd (Plymouth), David Martin (Gateshead), Mark Proctor (Newcastle upon Tyne)


Jamie Kearns (Clydebank), Shannon McGhee (Clydebank), Laura Carrick (Helensburgh, Lothian) – Unified Partner, Darren Macgregor (Glasgow) – Unified Partner, Lewis Nicholson (Paisley), Michael Kelly (Paisley) – Unified Partner


Sandra Armstrong (Gateshead), Sophie Carter (Hull), Shannon Crosbie (Edinburgh), Caleb Grace (Littlehampton), Erin Green (Blackpool), Ciaran Kelly (Basingstoke), Philip Nicholls (Welwyn Garden City)

Table Tennis

Alexander Davies (Wolverhampton), Michael Evans (Sheffield), Karen Green (Cambridge), Emma Hunt (Wolverhampton)

Ten Pin Bowling

Ebrahim Eftekhar (Dundee), Matthew White (Dundee), Michael Stevenson (Edinburgh), Michelle Moran (Loanhead, Edinburgh), Natalie Francis (Surrey), Rebecca Starling (Surrey), Sarah Anderson (Arbroath), Tamaar Alami (Surrey)


Ryan Caven (Lincolnshire), Jack Dickson (Troon), Fiona Lane (Barnstaple), Lily Mills (Islington), Frances Smiley (Prestwick), Ben Tyler (Hampshire)

* Seven places are still to be filled


The Games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports. There will be court sports: badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon. Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic gymnasts and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding off the list of sports are bowling, football, golf and powerlifting.

Many thousands of people will take part or watch the Games. An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature. Abu Dhabi itself will provide 20,000 volunteers and up to 500,000 spectators. The families of the athletes will number 6,000. There is an expectation that 2,000 reporters, broadcasters, photographers, videographers and bloggers will capture the games for international media. Honored guests of Special Olympics could number 4,000, too.

Schedule for 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Host Town Events: 8th to 11th March 2019

Divisioning and Preliminary Competitions: 12th and 13th March 2019

Opening Ceremony: 14th March 2019

Competition: 14th to 21st March 2019

Closing Ceremony: 21st March 2019

The sports which Special Olympics GB will be represented in at the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019 are: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball – male team, Basketball - female team, Bocce, Bowling (Ten Pin), Cycling, Equestrian, Football (7-a-side), Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic), Gymnastics (Rhythmic) Judo, Powerlifting, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis.

For further information and to set up interviews with Special Olympics GB officials, coaches, athletes and families, please contact:

Chris Hull
Tel: 07713193927

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