Welcome to our Families and Friends e-newsletter where you can find the latest news and updates about the Games.
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Hello again...
And welcome to the second edition of the newsletter especially for you - the family members and friends of our Special Olympics athletes. This month we meet Judy Burdass from the Family Support Team, Harry Smith from Lions Club and we suggest taking a peak at some of Bath and Bristol's 'must-see' tourist attractions. We are getting closer and closer to the Games - are you getting as excited as we are?

Things to do...
Bath and Bristol have a wealth of tourist and historical attractions that are well worth checking out if you get the time. In the heart of Bath, next to the Roman Baths, is the splendid Bath Abbey a fifteenth century medieval church. The Abbey is the last of the great medieval churches of England and has a remarkable carved frontage and amazing fan vaulting. Learn more about Bath Abbey here.

Bristol is home to the world famous street artist Banksy and you can visit the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to see some of his work. The 19 galleries, spread over three floors, reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilisations, human invention and creativity. You can find out more at their website.

We will be providing you with information on lots more things to do in your Family Pack which you will receive in August. 

Family Support Team
In this edition, we meet another member of our Games Family Support Team. Judy Burdass will be working alongside Candy Wragg who we introduced to you in May. Speaking about the preparation for the Games, Judy said:
"Time flies when you're involved with Special Olympics GB. I have been an active member in various guises for 23 years! I have a 45 year old Downs' syndrome son who is a swimmer and I first got involved with the Yorkshire & Humberside regional committee. I was then appointed Chairman/Secretary and I'm now secretary once again!
"This will be my seventh National Games, so I know all about the atmosphere, the tension, the excitement and what it means to have your loved one compete. I was a family member at the 1999 World Games in North Carolina, when our son represented GB in swimming. I also took the family along to the 2001 European Games in Holland and I went to the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, as the GB Team Family Coordinator.

"I'm very much looking forward to Bath and meeting many of you and to share such a magical experience together."
Save the Date
We are pleased to announce that there will be a Families social event on the evening of Friday 30 August. The complementary evening will be open to 1,000 family members and is taking place in the luscious surroundings of the Parade Gardens in Bath. We will be provide further information next month on how you can book your place.

For now, please save the date in your diaries!

Spread the word
If you use Facebook and/or Twitter you can let more people know about how your family and your athlete are getting ready for the Games.

We would love to see your messages on our Facebook wall and invite you to follow us on Twitter @SOGreatBritain and use the hashtags #Bath2013 and #1bigsmile.
Healthy Athletes
We are delighted to announce that the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete programme will be available at the Games on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August.

Four health screenings available to our athletes: Dental (Special Smiles), Podiatry (Fit Feet), Aural (Healthy Hearing) and Lifestyle (Health Promotion).

Our Games Healthy Athlete Manager, Amber Qureshi, said: "We are about to complete the volunteers registration process for our Healthy Athlete programme and am really excited to have around 60 health professionals coming forward to provide the free screenings at the Games."

Lions support Special Olympics
Message from the Lions
The Families Programme at the Games is being sponsored by the Lions Clubs. 

"Members of Lions Clubs International in the British Isles and Ireland are pleased to be associated with Special Olympics GB and in particular with the 2013 National Summer Games. We shall be there to greet you when you arrive to give you a warm welcome.

"We are helping to organise the families programme for you and it is our wish that the Games will be both satisfying and enjoyable for you. We will do everything we can to make this possible and are busy putting our teams together. Whether you need information, something to drink or just a place to put your feet up and have a chat, our Lions will be there for you.

"We may also have a surprise in store for you! I hope to meet as many of you as possible and share with you the pleasure of the successes of your athletes at the Games."
Harry Smith, on behalf of Lions Clubs International.

Off-site spotlight
The Ten-Pin Bowling competitions and awards presentations will be taking place at the Bowlplex in Bristol (picture above), a haven for bowlers of all ages and abilities. The futuristic decor and vibrant surroundings will provide the perfect environment for the athletes to compete and do their very best.

Families and spectators will be able to take advantage of the hot and cold snacks served at the Stadium Grill, a Costa Coffee bar, eleven full-size American pool tables and the Sega Active Zone. If you are driving to Bowlplex, you can rest assured there is plenty of parking space and it is free. For further information, please see the Bowlplex website
Packed to the rafters!
Would you believe that over 3,000 family members and friends have registered for the Games. It will be an incredible experience for the athletes to be competing in front of packed crowds. It also means that space and room will be limited in some locations.  As spectators you can all support each other and allow other families and friends the opportunity to watch their loved ones.

There are so many exciting things to see and do while you are in Bath and Bristol. We recommend that you plan ahead and use this e-newsletter and the Family Pack you'll receive in August to allow you time to review the Games schedules and explore the wonderful sites of Bristol and Bath when your loved ones aren't competing.

The Official Bath App
The more technically savvy may be interested in the Official Bath App which contains lots of useful information for a visit to Bath including booking a taxi from any location, details of where to eat and drink and information about shops and attractions. To download the app, search for 'Bath' in the App Store or Play Store.
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