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December 17, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Celebrating our National Summer Games volunteers - Special Olympics Great Britain

By Maeve Chappell

Chris Maloney, founder of Special Olympics Great Britain with Councillor Neil Butters who hosted the Bath 2013 volunteer celebration event.

The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games were based this summer at the University of Bath. 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales competed in 12 sports over the three days of competition in August. 500 volunteers were recruited to run the event and this month they were invited back to Bath for a celebration event. Karen Wallin, Chief Executive, Special Olympics GB said: "“Thank you to all our volunteers for so generously supporting the Games this summer. You were brilliant. I also want to say a big thank you to all those who worked so hard in Bath to give our 2013 Games a home. You took the Special Olympics movement to your hearts and made it your own. You treated our families like royalty and our athletes like stars - you have helped to transform lives.” Chris Maloney, MBE, who founded the Special Olympics in Britain 35 years ago, was on hand to meet the volunteers. He reflected: "It’s about more than sport - it's about changing attitudes.”

About Maeve Chappell: Communications Director, Special Olympics GB. On secondment from National Grid, a premier partner to Special Olympics GB - and loving being part of this community.
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