26th June 2018
Over 30 pupils from Wallace High School in Stirling were thrilled to meet Wallace the “Highland Coo” mascot for the Special Olympics GB 40th Anniversary Games. The meeting took place against the backdrop of the famous Wallace Monument.
The games kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony on 9th August at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling and run through to 13th August in various venues throughout Stirling and Stirling University.
One of the Games’ Directors Yvonne Hay said: “We were delighted that the pupils at Wallace High School were the first to see our cute and cuddly mascot Wallace the Highland Coo! The games are all about unified play bringing children together whatever their backgrounds and abilities to have fun and play together and this is why we chose the school to launch Wallace.”
The anniversary games will celebrate 40 years of Special Olympics GB and 50 years of Special Olympics – the games will be hosted by Special Olympics Scotland. The games are expected to welcome over 1400 delegation members plus officials and attract over 4,000 spectators from across Europe and Asia.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Competitors range across age groups, competing in ten sports, including boccia, badminton, indoor bowls, cycling, football, golf, table tennis, low ability swimming, MATP and low ability athletics.
The events will take place at the University of Stirling, whilst golf and in-door bowls will be held at Callander Golf Club and Stirling Indoor Bowling Club respectively. The games will include an Olympic style opening ceremony where we will celebrate the culture of Scotland with a superb line up of entertainment. Tickets are now on sale on the website -- www.SpecialOlympicsScotland40.com Tickets are selling fast according to the organisers and are on a first come first served basis.
More information can be seen on our new website www.SpecialOlympicsScotland40.com or facebook: @SpecialOlympicsScot40