Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener today (Thursday) official launched the Volunteer Programme for Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games, which will be held in Bath in August.
Gardener was the first person to sign up to become a Games Volunteer at the launch ceremony at Bath’s Guildhall.
The ninth Special Olympics National Summer Games are being hosted at the University of Bath and run from 28 August to 1 September.
More than 1700 athletes with learning disabilities will take part in 12 sporting events – athletics, artistic gymnastics, football, boccia, badminton, short-mat bowls, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, ten-pin bowling, tennis and swimming.
Around 500 volunteers are required to ensure the successful running of the Games and National Grid is hoping the launch will encourage even more local and national businesses to come forward and get involved.
“Nearly 2,000 inspirational Special Olympics GB athletes will be heading to these Games and I am thrilled to play a small part in supporting this great event.”
Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s CEO, said: “Volunteers will create a backdrop of energy and enthusiasm to fuel the event from start to finish. I am sure our 2013 volunteers will create a spirit and atmosphere that will encourage all of our athletes to compete and achieve their potential and personal best.
“The Special Olympics GB 2013 National Summer Games will be the largest multi-sport event in the country this year with 1,700 athletes with an intellectual disability travelling to the City of Bath to compete in 12 different sports.”
Further details of the 2013 National Summer Games and information on how to volunteer are available on the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games website.