Hundreds of athletes with intellectual disabilities went into action on the opening day of the Bath 2013 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.
The University of Bath is the main host venue for the Games, hosting the athletes’ accommodation and nine of the 12 sports at the Games.
Gold medallists included badminton player Lloyd Crawley of Team Wales, who also medalled in Leicester four years ago. “It’s been really good here, fantastic,” he said. “There’s a great atmosphere and I’ve made lots of new friends.”
Among the spectators today (Thursday) was Susan Boyle, who sang in front of 7000 spectators at the Opening Ceremony at the Royal Crescent last night (Wednesday).
She watched some of the sport, chatted to athletes and volunteers and signed autographs. “I’ll take away lots of nice memories and nice emotions,” she said.
Some 1700 athletes are taking part in the Games, which is the country’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Admission for spectators is free throughout.
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