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  • Picketts Lock 2012

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About Us

We are a branch of Special Olympics Great Britain and since 1987 we have supported child and adult athletes with learning disabilities on the Isle of Wight.

Our athletes train in a variety of sports to a standard where they can compete regionally, nationally and beyond. Our main events are Athletics, Table Tennis, Badminton and Long Mat Indoor Bowls. In addition to our volunteer coaches, the P.E. Department of Carisbrooke College provides us with suitable students to help us with one of our four weekly sessions, which benefits the students as well as the athletes. Several of our former student helpers have secured employment as a direct result of their work with us.

Our athletes and volunteers benefit enormously from the training we provide and attending events. They are required to train on a weekly basis for competitions at regional level, and to progress to national and possibly even international levels is a great incentive for them.

Special Olympics Mission Statement:
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


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Dec 16
by Sandy - on December 16, 2012

We would like to thank a number of generous local organisations and people for their incredible support this year. Our heartfelt thanks go to The Rotary Club of Cowes, Sandown & Shanklin Lions, Nick Hayward (High Sheriff IW), The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity, and David & Jane Crowther.

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jun 17
Goodleaf Fundraising
by Debbie - on June 17, 2012

We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Goodleaf Tree Climbing, the UK's tree climbing specialists based on the Isle of Wight. They are fundraising on behalf of our charity and launched this promotion at Appley Park in Ryde.

Some of our athletes were present to show their support and appreciation for this generosity. There will be several events over the summer - see www.goodleaf.co.uk for more details. Photos of the launch are in the gallery below!

may 11
Celia Jordan, MBE
by Debbie - on May 11, 2012

After devoting nearly a quarter of a century to helping people with learning disabilities take part in sport, we are delighted to announce that Celia Jordan was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours List.

Presented by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, Celia was accompanied by her family to the awards ceremony.

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Special Olympics Isle of Wight Archives
last updated by Debbie - May 2012

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