Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Support Local Athletes Competing at Special Olympics GB National Games

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:41

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Support Local Athletes Competing at Special Olympics GB National Games

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) have recognised the achievements of local athletes selected to represent the East Midlands at the forthcoming Special Olympic National Games, which will be held in Bath this August.

18 Leicestershire-based athletes have been awarded grants to support their attendance at the National Games, which is the country's largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Held every four years, the games, which were hosted in Leicester in 2009, will feature 12 sports and competitors that have been selected through a series of county and regional competitions to form the East Midlands squad.

The 18 Leicestershire athletes come from the following districts: Charnwood (3), Harborough (1), Hinckley & Bosworth (6), Leicester City (6), Melton (1) and North West Leicestershire (1), in the following sports: Athletics (2), Boccia (1), Gymnastics (3), Swimming (11) and Tennis (1).

The Chair of Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, Andy Reed OBE, who is also a Director on the Board of Special Olympics GB, presented the awards alongside Patrick Cox. A talented table tennis player, Patrick competed at the World Special Olympics held in Athens in 2011 where he took Gold. Then, last November, he was part of the bronze winning Great Britain team at the Europeans in the Czech Republic.

The 2013 National Games in Bath take place from August 28th to September 1st.

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Picture: Andy Reed OBE, Chair of Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, Kate Scott, Sports Development Officer (Equity), Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, Patrick Cox and the Leicestershire athletes representing the East Midlands at the 2013 Special Olympics GB National Games.

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