77 sporting youngsters compete at Boston arena

Pictured, from left, are Boston athlete Jon Stevens, Alexander Philps and Boston athletes John Gleadell and Kate Headland.
Pictured, from left, are Boston athlete Jon Stevens, Alexander Philps and Boston athletes John Gleadell and Kate Headland.

ATHLETES with learning disabilities gathered at the Princess Royal Sports Arena recently for the 2012 Special Olympics games.

Around 77 athletes showcased their ability during the day including Boston athletes Kate Headland, Jon Stevens and John Gleadell.

The three athletes are now getting excited about being selected for the Special Olympics Great Britain National Games to be held in Bath in 2013.

Organiser Clare Pattison said: “This event is the highlight of the year for some of our athletes and it is always nice to see them rewarded with a medal for all the hard work of weekly training they do.

“It is also nice to see so many familiar faces every year.”

The day was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Boston, Coun Colin Brotherton and Kate Wainwright, along with staff from Domino’s Pizza, to present the medals to the competitors.

Special Olympics Great Britain is the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition programmes for children and adults with learning disabilities.

Since their formation in 1978 as part of the global Special Olympics Movement, Special Olympics Great Britain has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people.