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Local athlete Alex Thompson helped light the Olympic torch at the Special Olympics opening ceremony at Bramall Lane
Local athlete Alex Thompson helped light the Olympic torch at the Special Olympics opening ceremony at Bramall Lane

Sheffield celebrates Special Olympics’ athletes

29 August 2017

Following the success of the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games, which saw more than 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in Sheffield earlier this month, the Lord Mayor will be hosting a reception at the Town Hall on Thursday 31 August.

The 2017 Special Olympics Games was country’s disability sporting event of the year.

It showcased the extraordinary talent and determination of the athletes over four days of competition. They were supported over four days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and more than 6,000 family and friends.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It was amazing to see thousands of athletes making many sporting achievements, and we wanted to celebrate their success and show them how much we enjoyed watching them.

“The reception at the Town Hall will be a great way to celebrate the talent Sheffield has witnessed at the Special Olympic Games.”

With more than 80 athletes and coaches expected to be in attendance, the Town Hall reception is expected to be a fun event, reminiscing on the amount of joy the Special Olympics bought to the city of Sheffield.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy said: “We are excited to welcome the sporting heroes of the Special Olympic Games to the Town Hall. What a great way to share stories of a fabulous event that was enjoyed by so many.”

The last Games was held in Bath in 2013, with 1,700 athletes competing in 12 sport categories. Thanks to Sheffield’s sporting facilities, Sheffield 2017 was a much bigger event, with almost 1,000 more athletes and 21 sports.

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games took place between 8 and 11 August at 15 venues across Sheffield, and tickets were free for all sports.

The reception will be held at Sheffield’s Town Hall from 2 to 4pm, in Reception Room A on 31 August.