Sheffield to host Special Olympics 2017

Sheffield has won its bid to host Special Olympics GB, the UK’s biggest disability sports event to be held in 2017.

Special Olympics 2017 will be the tenth Special Olympics GB, for children and adults with learning disabilities, and the second time the event has been held in Sheffield. It will take place from 7 August to 11 August 2017 in sports venues around Sheffield including Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and Hillsborough Leisure Centre

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Sheffield has been selected to host the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in three years’ time.

“This is another opportunity for our communities to get involved in a wonderful celebration of all things sporting. We estimate the economic benefit hosting the games in Sheffield will be in the region of £1.5m.”

Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be heading back to Sheffield”.

Megan Hattersley who is hoping to compete in the swimming events in three years time said: “It’s a great sport and anybody can take part in it no matter what their background or where they come from”.