Support through Sport UK spent some time in Sheffield at the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Games.
What is the Special Olympics?
The Special Olympics is a sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities. The organisation provides training and competitions to nearly six million children and adults across 172 countries - so it's pretty huge!
What are the Special Olympics GB National Games?
The GB National Games are held every four years, and this year's Games are being held in Sheffield. They began on Monday 7th August and will conclude on Saturday 12th August.
How big are this year's Games?
Big! There are 2,600 English, Scottish and Welsh competitors. In addition, there are 750 volunteers and 150 officials.
Is this the first time that Sheffield has held the Games?
No, Sheffield also hosted the Games in 1993.
In what sports are the athletes competing?
A lot of sports: aquatics, artistic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowls, cycling, equestrian, golf, judo, football, motor activities, netball, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, sailing, table tennis, ten pin bowling and tennis.
What events did Support through Sport UK see?
We based ourselves at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport, where we saw judo, table tennis, badminton and motor activities.
What are motor activities?
They are activities that showcase and celebrate the achievements of individual athletes in the field of motor skills. For example, one of the athletes that we saw successfully pushed a puck down a slide and knocked over a triangle of skittles.
Can we see any of the events?
Yes, the events are spread across a range of Sheffield-based venues and they're all free to spectators. See here.
I'm really interested in the Special Olympics GB and its training programmes and competitions. Where can I find out more?
Check out the Special Olympics Great Britain website here and register your interest to be a Special Olympics athlete here.