Getting ready to ski at Special Olympics

Alex Feane, a Special Olympics skier from Norwich.

Alex Feane, a Special Olympics skier from Norwich. - Credit: Archant

Athletes from across the country will converge on Norwich on Sunday for a Special Olympics skiing event.

George Burroughs, a Special Olympics skier from Lowestoft.

George Burroughs, a Special Olympics skier from Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

About 50 skiers are expected to take part in the in the Special Olympics Eastern Regional Alpine Skiing Competition, to be at the Norfolk Snowsports Club in Trowse from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Special Olympics Norfolk chairwoman Nicola Fish said the event would be the first of its kind for the county.

She said: 'Special Olympics offers people with learning disabilities so many things – the chance to get involved in sport, make new friends, improve social skills and increase self-esteem.'

She added: 'I think the good things about Special Olympics is that it is for all ability levels – not just the elite. Our athletes love sport.'


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Guests at the event will include North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and South Norfolk Council chairman David Bills.

Ms Fish said it was 'phenomenal' to have their support.

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She said: 'It will mean increased awareness of Special Olympics Norfolk throughout the county. We want schools, special schools, colleges, adult day-centres and all care providers to know what sports we currently offer so that we can get more people with learning disabilities active and enjoying sport.

'We also hope that by raising our profile it will attract more volunteers, encourage mainstream clubs to consider disability provision with Special Olympics support and encourage individual and businesses help us raise vital funds to continue our work and grow the branch.'

Following an opening ceremony at 1pm, there will be slalom and giant slalom timed races for novices, intermediates, and advanced skiers, followed by a medal ceremony.

Special Olympics Norfolk was relaunched by a group of volunteers three years ago after it lapsed due to a lack of volunteer support.

Spectators at the event are welcome, for more information visit specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

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