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Special Olympics athletes set out for national games
8:45am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
athletes from the Special Olympics City of York team were in high spirits yesterday as they made their way to the National Games.
The 26-strong team were joined by 16 coaches along with athletes from Hull to take part in the games in Bath.
York’s athletes – nine boccia players, six tennis players, five short mat bowlers, two swimmers and four artistic gymnasts – will represent Yorkshire and Humberside from today until Sunday. The diverse team represents a range of skills across the ages, with youngest member Charlie Cutting, 16, a swimmer, and oldest member Valerie Lamprell, 63, on the short mat bowling team. Many of the team members also competed in the 2009 games in Leicester.
Two of the team’s artistic gymnasts, Andrew Bayston, from York, and Mary Nolan, from Hull, recently participated in a campaign with event sponsor Coca Cola to honour the Special Olympics athletes and celebrate 35 years working with the games.
Paul Ramskill, chairman of Special Olympics City of York, was looking forward to today’s opening ceremony at Royal Crescent. He said: “This is the first time I’ve been to the games, so to be involved in something like this is a pleasure.”
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