Group to compete in third National Games

Danny Parks of Special Olympics Eastbourne.

Danny Parks of Special Olympics Eastbourne.

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Eastbourne are set to be represented at the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, which will take place in the scenic city of Bath later this year.

The event, which is held every four years, will run from August, 28 to September, 1 2013.

This will be the ninth National Summer Games, bringing together 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales, who will all compete in 12 different disciplines.

Over 3,000 people are expected to attend across the three days in support of the 18 regional delegations.

Special Olympics Eastbourne will be sending their own cohort of competitors, including Danny Parks (pictured right), who is competing in the Men’s Long Jump.

Bath will be SO Eastbourne’s third appearance at the Games since its formation in 2002.

The association was set up by Geoff Martindale, a local athletics coach who completed a course on training those with learning disabilities.

After being given the opportunity to work with students from a local college, he was so impressed with the their enthusiasm, he wanted to provide a training session for the students in Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne association is a branch of Special Olympics GB and is recognised as a full member of the organisation, adopting the charity number and constitution.

Every athlete has their own membership number and, when they compete, their results are recorded. This is to ensure that each time they participate in an event, they are matched against other young people of similar ability.

The club’s training session takes place every Thursday between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m, and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

For further details, contact Maureen Bennett, Secretary on 01323 721014 or by email: maureen.bennett@specialolympicseastbourne.org.uk.

Visit the website at www.specialolympicseastbourne.org.uk.