Special Olympics 2013

The University of Bath had the honour of being the main host venue for the Bath 2013 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.

Special Olympics GB 2013The Games, which are held every four years, ran from 28 to 31 August with the University providing accommodation for the 1700 athletes from around the country.

The University also hosted nine of the 12 sports at the Games – athletics, badminton, boccia, bowls, five-a-side football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and tennis.

A resounding success

The Games, which were run by Special Olympics GB, were judged to be a resounding success.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “We were proud and honoured to be the main host venue for the Bath 2013 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games.

“It was one of the biggest sporting events we’ve hosted at Bath in recent years and it was fantastic to see so many athletes and spectators enjoying the facilities we have on offer.

“I hope everyone has taken away many happy memories from their time in Bath.”

You can see a full list of results on the official Bath 2013 Games website.

The event was run by Special Olympics GB, which is the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Showpiece event

Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games is the showpiece event every four years for the organisation and its athletes.

Almost 1.2 million people in the UK (2 per cent of the population) have an intellectual disability.

The University of Bath has a proud track record of hosting major sporting events.

For more great photos from the Bath 2013 Special Olympics please see the galleries on the Team Bath Facebook site.

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