Special Olympics Gateshead was formed in 2015 and offers weekly training sessions for people with disabilities. The club’s main aim is to ensure people with disabilities can fulfill their sporting aspirations and have the same opportunities as people without disabilities.
In its first year the club has attracted 64 members who have taken part in 25 regional and national competitions – winning 149 medals. 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 – within mainstream facilities including Gateshead Leisure Centre and Gateshead International Stadium.
For the Special Olympics Gateshead athletes, participating is not only about competing in their chosen sport, it is also about meeting athletes from other areas of the country, making new friends, having fun, facing challenges, improving their health and challenging preconceptions about learning disabilities.
SOS are proud sponsors of Special Olympics Gateshead and have provide the athletes with training equipment to assist in their training.
Special Olympics Gateshead are one of 150 clubs all over the country that are part of the special olympics organisation. More than 8,000 athletes are looking to compete in the next special olympic games