I am raising money for the Gateshead branch of Special Olympics to compete in the 2017 Special Olympics games in Sheffield by running 13.1 miles in the 2015 Great North run.
About the project
'Special Olympics Gateshead is a registered charity – a sporting club, which provides weekly sports training for people with disabilities in Gateshead, primarily for people with learning disabilities, though, also for people with physical disabilities and mental health conditions. Special Olympics Gateshead has qualified coaches who provide training in 10 mainstream sports; Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling,
Football, Netball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Powerlifting in mainstream facilities such as Gateshead Leisure Centre and Gateshead International Stadium. From such training, 47 athletes have been primed to represent their region in local and national competitions. A predominant objective of the sporting club is to ensure people with disabilities can fulfil their sporting aspirations and have the same opportunities to maximise their sporting talent as much as people without disabilities. '
In order for the athletes of the Gateshead Special Olypics team to be able to take part in the qualifying competitions for the Special Olympics, and then the event itself, a large sum of money is needed. I am hoping to raise as much money as possible for this charity as I can, for as the charity itself recognises: 'For the athletes, it’s not only about participating in their chosen sport. It’s also about meeting athletes from other areas of the country, making new friends, having fun, facing challenges, improving their health and challenge preconceptions of people who have a learning disability.'
The money raised will be put to good use towards entry fees and overnight accommodation in a few National competitions they have later this year, most notably Powerlifting in Bradford and Ten Pin Bowling in Sheffield. This fundraising would contribute towards 6 athletes going to both competitions, enabling them to gain the qualifying experience towards the National Games in Sheffield in 2017.