(Special Olympics GB National Games Families Programme Launch)
By Lewis Catchpole
Special Olympics GB has launched the ‘Families Programme’ for their tenth National Summer Games,
which will be held for the second time in its history in Sheffield next August.
The Lord mayor of Sheffield, councillor Talib Hussein, Special Olympics GB athletes, along with
representatives from the Families programme official partner – Lions Club International, revealed
details of what family members of the athletes can expect at next year’s games.
(The Lord mayor of Sheffield, councillor Talib Hussein, with Sheffield United representatives, who are hosting the opening ceremony at Bramall Lane)
Gaye Barber, director of volunteering for Special Olympics GB, said “We want to give the families a
warm welcome, we want to maximise their experience, we have amazing sporting facilities here, and
we have ease of travel with the help of the supertram which we are delighted with.
“We’d like Sheffield to open their arms and embrace the games and we would like you to open your
doors and let the families in if we can all do that we will have a great time.”
(Gaye Barber, director of volunteering for Special Olympics GB)
The Special Olympics is the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual
disabilities to be held in 2017.
Around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities will come together from
across the country. They will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 750
volunteers, 150 officials and over 5,000 family and friends.
Jayne Thompson, whose son Alex who won gold in basketball at last year’s World event in Los
Angeles, said “Alex has been competing for 14 years, and we are looking forward to him competing
in Sheffield as we are from Sheffield.”
“We got 11 of us supporting Alex in Los Angeles so we are expecting a lot more here.”
The family programme launch at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall was followed by a small
tour of the city on Sheffield’s famous tram network, calling at iconic venues.
Lord Mayor Talib Hussein said, it is something special for Sheffield as we are a sporting city anyway.
There will be more people visiting Sheffield bringing business with them which will be fantastic.”
If you would like to find out more about the families programme or the Special Olympics visit the
official games website at ww.sheffield2017.org.uk