Llanelli athlete joins Team GB for 2023 Special Olympics

An athlete from Carmarthenshire has been selected to represent Team Special Olympics GB, at the Special Olympics World Games in 2023.

Llinos Gilmore-Jones, who plays bocce for the Special Olympics West Wales Club, is among the first athletes to be named in the Team Special Olympics Great Britain squad.

This is ahead of the 16th Special Olympics World Games will be held in Berlin, for the first time, next summer (June 17 to June 25).

Special Olympics GB is the largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults of all abilities with intellectual disabilities in the UK.

Its team for Berlin 2023 will compete in sports ranging from athletics, swimming, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, cycling and many more including team sports such as basketball and unified football. Athletes will be supported by 28 coaches and a further 22 support and medical staff.

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Colin Dyer, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “Huge congratulations to all of our athletes who have been selected to represent Team SOGB at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin 2023.

“To represent Team SOGB as an athlete with intellectual disabilities deserves the highest praise and recognition.

“Given the incredibly challenging circumstances that we have encountered in recent years, winning a place in the Special Olympics World Games squad is not only an incredibly proud moment for our athletes, but for their loved ones and our fantastic team of volunteers who make Special Olympics GB happen.

“Not only will this help raise awareness of the work we do to transform the lives of people living with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport, but it will vitally help us to use the awareness generated by the Special Olympics World Games to reach out to more and more people with intellectual disabilities and help them get involved with the life-changing impact of Special Olympics.”

Stephen Walker, head of delegation for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, said: “Representing your country is a massive honor and we are very much looking forward to working with them all over the next few months to ensure they are ready to have the best.” possible time at the games.”

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