13th March 2017
A special send-off reception for our 21 Special Olympics GB #TEAMSOGB athletes representing the country at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria will be held today at the offices of our founding sponsors Coca-Cola in Central London.
The Special Olympics World Winter Games is the biggest global disability sports event of 2017.
3,000 athletes with learning disability from 110 countries will come together and show their ability and passion.
Special Olympics GB ambassadors Colin Salmon and Downton Abbey star Jim Carter will be in attendance together with other well-known names and the national media.
Graz and Schladming in the Styria region of Austria will host the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Austria will welcome almost 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 110 nations to compete in nine winter sports.
This event in March will be the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in 2017 and will be hosted by Hollywood star - the World’s most famous Austrian and Honorary President of these Games - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
14th – 25th March 2017
3,000 Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities from 110 different countries.
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The full delegation of athletes and coaches can be found below:
Special Olympics GB at the World Winter Games Austria 2017 – Athlete list
Sport – Name – Club – Region - Home Town
Alpine Skiing - Lauren Cain – Grampian – Scotland - Aberdeen
Alpine Skiing - Tyler Charleston - Carmarthenshire - Wales - Llanelli
Alpine Skiing - David Corr - Rossendale Special Ski Club - North West - Chorley
Alpine Skiing - Anthony Coulon – South East Ski Group - South East - Great Bookham
Alpine Skiing - Ruth Charleston - Carmarthenshire - Wales - Llanelli
Alpine Skiing – James Millard - West Midlands Ski Group - West Midlands - Wolverhampton
Alpine Skiing - Karen Oosthuizen – Surrey - South East - New Malden
Alpine Skiing - Rebecca Owen - Rossendale Special Ski Club - North West - Bacup
Alpine Skiing – Lauren Payne - South East Ski Group - South East - New Eltham
Alpine Skiing- Alex Scarborough - Surrey - South East - Farnham
Alpine Skiing - Owen Stephen – Grampian – Scotland - Drumoak
Figure Skating – Eloise Carruthers – Essex – Eastern - Chelmsford
Figure Skating – Steph Gott – Merseyside - North West - Runcorn
Figure Skating – Jenny Lee – Bradford - Yorkshire & Humberside - Keighley
Figure Skating – Meg McFarlane – Nottinghamshire - East Midlands - Newark
Figure Skating – Heather McNeil - Scotland West – Scotland - Airdrie
Figure Skating – Jonathan McSalley - Scotland West – Scotland - Coatbridge
Figure Skating – Callum Mills – Nottinghamshire - East Midlands - Mansfield
Figure Skating – Courtney Montgomery - Scotland West – Scotland - Cumbernauld
Figure Skating – Calum Titmus – Peterborough – Eastern - Great Gidding
Figure Skating – Graeme Watson - Scotland West – Scotland - Coatbridge
Backroom team - Head of Delegation, Coaches and Staff
Alex Williams - Head of Delegation – Carmarthenshire – Wales - Llandeilo
Adrienne Purdie - Assistant Head of Delegation – Grampian – Scotland - Aberdeen
Emily Onley - Special Olympics GB
Liam de Vanney - Head Coach Alpine Skiing - South East Ski Group - South East - Bromley
Pete Jesse - Coach Alpine Skiing – Surrey - South East - Farnham
Josh Murphy - Coach Alpine Skiing - Event Team - East Midlands - Willerby
Louise Chatwin - Head Coach Figure Skating - Nottinghamshire - East Midlands - Selston
Paul Crocker - Coach Figure Skating - South East Hampshire – Southern - Gosport
Pam Richardson-Delaney - Coach Figure Skating - Merseyside - North West - Altrincham
Ann Stokes - Coach - Figure Skating - Scotland West - Scotland - Coatbridge