Dear *|MMERGE7|* family,

Welcome to our Bath 2013 Families & Friends e-newsletter. You are receiving this as the nominated contact for your party. Please share it with the  other members in your group.
Bath 2013 Volunteers

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter counting down to the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games. What will make Bath 2013 extra special will be the support that you give to your loved ones who will be competing and doing their very best. 

You know better than anyone how much they have trained and how hard they have worked to be there. We want to keep you up-to-date with news, developments and plans for what is going to be the largest disability sports event this year.

Spread the word! 
As family members you have a huge role to play in spreading the Special Olympics word. We want as much coverage and airtime as possible, to not only celebrate your loved one's achievements, but to also reach out to more people in the UK with intellectual (learning) disabilities. If you are on Twitter, please use the #SOGreatBritain hashtag when you tweet. You can also like us on Facebook.

Your tickets
As a registered family member, you will be issued with an accredition pass which is your ticket to the Games. You will be able to pick up the passes for all of your Family members from one of two Welcome Centres – more details will follow in the next edition.

In future newsletters, we will provide you with further information in addition to sending you an information pack ahead of your arrival, so you will be well-equipped to enjoy the Games in all their star-studded glory. For now, we suggest you visit regularly the dedicated Families page on the games website.

Family Support Team
Special Olympics is as much about the family members as it is the athletes. This month we hear from volunteer Candy Wragg (pictured) who is part of the Family Support Team.

"I am delighted to be part of the Family Support Team and look forward to working alongside our friends at Lions Clubs International, and joining them in extending a very warm welcome to you all. Our elder daughter has an intellectual disability, and through her I have met so many wonderful athletes and families from all over the world. As well as being actively involved with our local Special Olympics Ski Group. I have also helped to organise two National Ski events in Italy and have also been Head of Delegation for the GB Ski Team that competed at the 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho and the 2013 World Winter Games in South Korea.

"We hope that you will all have a wonderful few days in Bath or Bristol towards the end of the summer. I look forward to meeting many of you in Bath, and sharing your pride, and joy, during the Games."


About Bath 2013

Your loved ones will be part of a 1,700 strong army of Special Olympics athletes from England, Scotland and Wales competing in 12 sports over three days of competition. The event will begin with the Opening Ceremony on 28 August. All events will be open to the public and free to attend.

We are incredibly excited to tell you that three former Olympians have agreed to take on the role of Games Ambassadors: Jo Pavey, Jason Gardner and Heather Fell. They all have close links to the South West so are well-placed to profile the efforts of Special Olympics GB in the region. Read more.

Off-site spotlight
Did you know that the high-performance facilities at the University of Bath are providing nine of the venues, while Aquatics, Ten-Pin Bowling and Golf will be taking place off-site?

In this edition, we will turning our attentions to Hengrove Park Leisure Centre in Bristol which plays host to the Aquatics events which is shaping up to be the biggest and busiest event of Bath 2013. Almost 400 athletes and 912 family members have registered and in the words of Gaye Barber, National Volunteering Manager, it's going to be 'HOT, noisy and rocking!'

The athletes will be competing in a 50m International Pool (see photo above). Click here for information about this venue. 
Families spotlight

Families spotlight 
How will you be getting to the Games? Are you bringing the whole family? If you have an interesting story to tell that you would like to share with everyone then please get in touch!
Click here to email your brief story and contact details to our Communications team.

Want to know more about Special Olympics GB?

Special Olympics GB is the country’s largest provider of year-round sports training and competition for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. If you would like to know more about what we do, where we operate and how you can continue to be involved, please visit our website.

Useful links

Our regional delegations will be staying on-site at the University of Bath, but families and friends will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. You might find the following links useful: Bath Tourist Office and  the Bristol Tourist Office.
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