Special Olympics GB is delighted to announce its 18 #TeamSOGB Head Coaches and also its lead delegation figures for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

28th February 2018

#AbuDhabi2019 #SOGB40 #SpecialOlympics50

Special Olympics GB will be sending a delegation of 129 athletes (125 Special Olympics GB athletes and 4 unified partners) to the Special Olympics World Summer Games to take part in 17 sports (in basketball we have two teams – one male and one female).

The full list of athletes will be announced in the coming weeks once all applicants and team members have been confirmed and informed.

They will be joined by 7,000 other Special Olympics athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities from 168 countries around the globe.

Huge congratulations to the head coaches on their appointments below:

Special Olympics GB 2019 World Summer Games Team

Head of Delegation - Laura Baxter (Tayside, Scotland)
Assistant Head of Delegation - Andrea Manson (Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland)
Assistant Head of Delegation - Emily Onley (SOGB Head Office)

Karen Robertson (Dumfries & Galloway) - Athletics Head Coach

Lynsey Stuart (Tayside) - Badminton Head Coach

Basketball - Female
Jazz Owen (Sheffield) - Female Basketball Head Coach

Basketball - Male
Simon Jackson-Turner (St Albans) - Male Basketball Head Coach

Ling Mann (Dumfries & Galloway) - Bocce Head Coach

Tom A'Hara (Scotland West) - Cycling Head Coach

Julia Gourley (Grampian) - Equestrian Head Coach

Bobby Coltman (Durham) - Football Head Coach

Jamie McDonald (Lothian) - Golf Head Coach

Artistic Gymnastics
Angela Turner - (Scotland West) Gymnastics (Artistic) Head Coach

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Sue Williams (Horndean, Waterlooville) - Gymnastics (Rhythmic) Head Coach

Jo Imrie (Lothian) - Judo Head Coach


David Hill (Scotland West) - Sailing Head Coach

Emma Inglis (Blackpool) - Swimming Head Coach

Table Tennis
Steve McFadyen (Greater London) - Table Tennis Head Coach

Ten Pin Bowling
Maureen Evans (Tayside) - Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach

Mel Whitehead (Nottingham) - Tennis Head Coach

These are two very big years for Special Olympics. The World Games is, of course, next year but Special Olympics is enjoying it's 50th anniversary globally this year in 2018.

Also, this year, it represents the 40th birthday of Special Olympics in Great Britain - we were founded in 1978.

The quest to secure sport and a chance in life for every person with a learning disability on the planet continues and goes from strength to strength.

For any media wishing to connect with a World Games Head Coach in your area to produce a feature or for anything else, please contact me on chris.hull@sogb.org.uk

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