With finals underway in swimming, track and field and other competitions, awards have been flowing at Special Olympics 2017. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
On the morning after the opening ceremony for Special Olympics 2017 there were bronze, silver and gold medals glinting in the sun as serious competition got underway at venues across Sheffield. With 2600 athletes competing across twenty sports in thirteen Sheffield venues, the medals tally has begun to roll. Among the first winners were those in swimming events at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed introduces day two of our Special Olympics 2017 highlights.
Thousands of athletes from around the country have arrived in Sheffield for the start of this year’s Special Olympics GB National Games. The country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with learning disabilities takes place over four days in venues across the city including English Institute of Sports, Ponds Forge and the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, The opening ceremony at Bramall Lane includes celebrity guests and local talent including Under the Stars, Team Power Stilts, Aim To Dance, Kansaze African Dancers, Chinese Lions Dance, Team Katalyst Dance & Gymnasts and the ParaCheer Cheerleaders. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield United footballers Billy Sharp and Jake Eastwood joined Special Olympics Team GB footballers at Meadowhall in the build-up to the games. The Blades stars took penalties, posed for selfies and played head tennis with fans and Special Olympic athletes. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Kyle Tomlinson, is the latest star to be added to the line up for the Special Olympics 2017 opening ceremony which will take place at Bramall Lane on 8 August. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event at the Sheffield United ground. Sheffield-born Tomlinson will be singing the national anthem and performing alongside Tony Hadley, James Toseland and others personalities. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Special Olympics will be making it’s way to Sheffield in 2017, it will be the 10th in history of the organisation and the second to be held in Sheffield. It is the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Almost 1.2 million people in the UK which is 2% of the population are affected. Well Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane will be the host of the opening ceremony and Dave McCarthy from the Blades has been speaking about it…