Special Olympics Suffolk badminton players enjoyed a very successful trip to the West Midlands recently when they competed in the Special Olympics Regional Tournament held in Cannock, Staffordshire.
The Suffolk team, consisting of 12 local players, played with, and competed against, players from 10 other Special Olympics clubs from across the country from as far afield as Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Exeter, Wigan, Worcester and Shropshire. The Suffolk medal tally included 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze.
“Our team performed brilliantly”, said Mike McCarthy, Coach with Special Olympics Suffolk and ActivLives. “We are very proud of our players who all played up to, and in many cases beyond, their rankings. In addition to being very competitive, our players show a great attitude of support for each other and sportsmanship towards their opponents. They really are a privilege to work with”.
Special Olympics is sport for athletes with learning disabilities, and is relatively new to Suffolk, having only been established in our county as recently as 2014.
In addition to badminton, Special Olympics Suffolk also competes in athletics and gymnastics and is planning to add boccia and football to the list before the end of this year.
If you would like to find out more about Special Olympics opportunities in Suffolk, information can be found on the website at www.specialolympicssuffolk.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning on 01473 345350
One of the ways that they do this is through the ‘Everyday Activ – Ipswich’ initiative, which is run by ActivLives and supported by Ipswich Borough Council. This initiative is focussed particularly upon providing accessible sport and physical activity opportunities for mature adults. This initiative has recently had some new sessions introduced to the programme, including an ActivStretch class which starts on Thursday 10th January 10.30am-12noon at All Hallows Church Hall, Landseer Road, Ipswich.
“We run many sessions as part of the Everyday Activ – Ipswich programme and one thing that keeps coming up is the importance of remaining flexible and keeping the joints mobile” said Sophie Barber from ActivLives. “This session is aimed at exactly that, some stretching and gentle mobility to keep the muscles and joints moving in order to make everyday tasks, such as putting on socks or reaching up to the cupboard, that little bit easier. The session also includes a cup of tea as well!” added Sophie. “All of our sessions are very sociable and friendly and new participants are always very welcome. You don’t have to have any prior experience or be sporty in anyway, just wear some loose clothing and suitable flat footwear. Like all of our activities, the first session to new participants is free, so why not give it a go!”
“The ‘Everyday Activ-Ipswich’ programme is sport and physical activity which is adapted to suit people who might find mainstream sports clubs or centres a little daunting”, explained Mike McCarthy from ActivLives. “Most of our participants are over 60 years old with many in their 80’s! We offer all sorts of activities including Walking Football, Boccia, Badminton, Ping Pong and Bowls”.
One of the regular participants commented “whilst we are all here enjoying ourselves and each other’s company, we’re not sitting in the Doctors surgery are we!”
The ActivStretch class is just one of three new sessions that have been added to the already busy ‘Everyday Activ’ Programme for the New Year. As well as the ActivStretch group there is also a new Kurling session and Beginners Yoga class both being held on a Monday at the St Ralphael Club, Highfield Road, Ipswich. Both of these start back on Monday 21st January.
If you would like to find out more about the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme in Ipswich and how you can get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email email@example.com.
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The ‘Everyday Activ Ipswich’ initiative, run by ActivLives and supported by Ipswich Borough Council, is aimed at getting more of us active and it seems to be working!
Kurling is just one of the many inclusive sports activities on the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme!
“We already have a variety of activities on our weekly programme including walking football, boccia, new age kurling, ping pong, badminton and yoga”, said Mike McCarthy, from ActivLives. “The sessions are very sociable and great fun, that’s the whole point really, it’s the social element that keeps people coming back! Most, although not all, of the participants on the programme are over the age of 55, some are into their 70’s and 80’s. It really is brilliant to see.”
The new sessions, which will all be starting in November in Ipswich, include a new kurling group, an additional yoga class for beginners and an exercise class with a difference.
If you would like to find out more about the ‘Everyday Activ’ programme and how you can get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.activlives.org.uk
The 40 participants competed in a variety of adapted sports including kurling, boccia, badminton, short-mat bowls, petanque, short tennis and table tennis. “By ‘adapted sports’ we mean sports, or versions of sports, that have been changed to make them more accessible to a wider range of people”, explained Mike McCarthy, Everyday Activ-Ipswich Project Manager. “The ActivLives ‘Everyday Activ’ programme, is all about making it possible for more people to get involved in sport and physical activity, even those who think that sport isn’t for them.”
“The Games have been a great success, with a lovely atmosphere created by the participants, who really got into the spirit of things.”
ActivLives would like to thank all of the participants and particularly the great volunteers who helped to make this event happen.
The Everyday Activ-Ipswich initiative is an ActivLives programme which is a partnership with Ipswich Borough Council. New sessions are about to be added to the autumn programme including kurling, yoga and low impact exercise and games.
If you would like to find out more about the Everyday Activ sessions and how to get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email at email@example.com
The Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament, which is being organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, will be held in Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
“Special Olympics is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability and is the third element of the Olympic movement together with the
Paralympics and of course the Olympics themselves”, said Terry
McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.
“This tournament will provide a great opportunity for our players in
Suffolk to compete against Special Olympians from across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.
The tournament, which will be a doubles competition, will serve as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August.
The forthcoming competition in Ipswich will be restricted to players who are registered with Special Olympics GB, “We would love to get more
Special Olympic badminton players involved across our county”, said
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473
345350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org