Call out for all potential athletes for Special Olympics Cornwall
The call has gone out across Cornwall for potential Special Olympics athletes to be part of the new Special Olympics Cornwall club that is on its way.
Cornwall is a target location for developing the legacy to the 2013 National Summer Games which were based in the South West. The new Special Olympics Cornwall club will be based on the current network of sports clubs in Cornwall that already offer a strong disability programme.
Steve Hillman from Cornwall Sports Partnership explained: "Across Cornwall we already have a great range of sports which people with intellectual disabilities can take part in. We want to make sure that our Special Olympics Cornwall club complements these efforts. When we are up and running the club will meet once a month and signpost athletes to their local clubs where they will have access to weekly training sessions. The added advantage for the athletes registering with Special Olympics Cornwall is that they will be able to access the unique competition pathway that Special Olympics provides."
Special Olympics' competition pathway enables athletes, whatever their sporting ability, to progress from local and regional competition events through to competing at a national or event international level representing Great Britain.
On Saturday 1 March, Special Olympics Cornwall ran the first event in its "Athlete finding mission" and around 100 potential new members turned up to see what it was all about. There were five taster sports on offer at the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay: Tennis, Badminton, Bowls, Boccia and Golf.
"The facilities at the Heron Tennis Centre are fantastic," said Steve, "And we were delighted to have over 100 potential athletes come along on Saturday. We will be holding one of these events once a month for the next few months. We are recording anyone who is interested in being registered as a Special Olympics athlete and checking with them what sports they are most interested in taking part in. This will help us to find our feet and to be ready for the formal launch of the programme in June."
When launched, Special Olympics Cornwall will be hosted at the Truro and Penwith College, Truro Campus where the all weather pitch, indoor sports hall, Olympic weightlifting gym and indoor courts will be put to good use.
Steve's role as Inclusion Officer with Cornwall Sports Partnership is funded for 1 day a week by Medlock as part of the support for development of the Games legacy programme in the South West.
For further information or to find out how to get involved please contact:
Steve Hillman T: 07837 311 539 E: firstname.lastname@example.org